Bercow: Ten Years On

Bercow: Ten Years On is a report on the state of provision for children’s speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in England. The report has been published by I CAN , the children’s communication charity, and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

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Through extensive evidence gathering, I CAN and the RCSLT collected the views of children and young people, parents and carers, speech and language therapists, education professionals, commissioners and many others about the reality of support for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs in 2018.

The report shows poor understanding of and insufficient resourcing for speech, language and communication needs. This means too many children and young people receive inadequate, ineffective and inequitable support, potentially impacting on their educational outcomes, their employability and their mental health.


Bercow: Ten Years On makes strong recommendations to Government and system leaders about what must change to improve the situation with a focus on solutions, and presents examples of effective practice.

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A year after we published Bercow: 10 years on

A year after we launched Bercow: Ten Years On,  find out what we have achieved in the last 12 months to improve the provision available for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

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Things can be different. It’s time for change.

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Government Response 2018

In October 2018, the Government responded to our Bercow: Ten Years On Report. To read the response download the letter from Nadhim Zahawi and Caroline Dinenage.

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Government Response 2019

Our Bercow: Ten Years on,  First Anniversary Update has received a cross-departmental response.  Read the letter from the Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care, and the Ministry of Justice here.

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Our Response 2018

I CAN and RCSLT issued the following statement in response to the letter from the government

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Our Response 2019

You can read I CAN and RCSLT’s response to the cross-departmental letter here

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