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Better Communication Research Programme

The Better Communications Research Programme (BCRP) was a 3 year research programme, part of the government's response to the Bercow Review of provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, published in July 2008.

The 19 reports from the BCRP were published by the Department for Education in December 2012. You can find out more information about the Programme here.

During 2013-2015 Warwick University and The Communication Trust are working together to disseminate the findings of the BCRP and to use the research evidence to contribute to the development of policy and practice.

We are carrying out a number of activities in this area:

  • Supporting Symbol and Better Communication CIC to produce resources to share with key audiences, more information below.
  • Development and ongoing management of the What Works database. This translates the interventions included in the BCRP report "What works: interventions for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs" into an online searchable database.
  • Developed the Communication Supporting Classroom Observation Tool, written by Julie Dockrell, into a designed pdf and provided a place on our website for people to access it.
  • Reflecting the findings in our policy work and key information is used in the Communication Commitment.
  • Embedding outcomes from the BCRP into our own publications (e.g. A Generation Adrift), ongoing conference presentations and network events.
  • Ongoing work to provide a framework in which to deliver evidenced interventions directly to schools through our Talk of the Town programme.
  • Funding the British Stammering Association to disseminate and amend current literature to include information about the BCRP findings.


Website for parents

BCRP_Symbol_logo_150pxSymbol UK,  with support from The Communication Trust, has launched a new website for  parents to translate the key findings from the Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP).

The website aims to be accessible to all parents. It has been designed in bite-sized chunks. Where parents find reading difficult it is hoped that people supporting them, such as Health Visitors and Family Support staff, will help them go through the information.

The website also explains key information about the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice that parents need to know.

Please click to here view the website.


Guide for commissioners from Better Communication CIC supported by The Communication Trust

Commissioning for Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN): Using the evidence from the Better Communication Research Programme - a commissioning guide for SLCN draws on the evidence from the Better Communication Research Programme together with the extensive experience of the author Marie Gascoigne in her work developing the Balanced System®. This synthesis of the evidence is presented as a micro site which can be accessed  here. Alternatively, the report can be downloaded as an interactive pdf with links to all the relevant source material.