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
- 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
- Funding the British Stammering Association to disseminate and
amend current literature to include information about the BCRP
Website for parents
Symbol 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
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.