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Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research and Practice

Supporting basic and applied research in language, literacy and numeracy, and facilitating links between research and practice.

Director: Dr Emma Sumner, Associate Professor of Psychology and Special Education Needs

Deputy Director: Dr Miriam McBreen, Lecturer in Psychology

The Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research & Practice (LLNR&P) is a cross-departmental unit within IOE.

About us 

Our aim

We draw on a wide range of expertise from psychology, education, and speech and language therapy, aiming to identify the ways in which language and literacy skills work together to support learning and attainment.

Our distinctive focus is on the link between theory and practice and the evaluation of interventions to support oral language, literacy and numeracy competencies.

Our staff


Associates and visiting fellows

  • Dr Barbara Arfè, EdPsyLab, DPSS, University of Padua
  • Professor Emeritus Richard Cowan, IOE
  • Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou, IOE
  • Dr Lucie Broc, University of Poitiers
  • Dr Susan Ebbels, Moor House School and UCL
  • Dr Lisa Fridkin, IOE
  • Dr Frances Hampson-Jones, Former PhD Student
  • Angela Hobsbaum, Researcher
  • Dr Karin Keller, University of Basel
  • Dr Anna Llaurado, University of Barcelona
  • Ann Nordberg, University of Gothenburg
  • Dr Jeni Riley, IOE
  • Professor Rhona Stainthorp, University of Reading
  • Professor Anat Stavans, Beit Berl College
  • Professor Morag Stuart, IOE
  • Dr Joanna Vivash (DEdPsy), Cambridgeshire Community Educational Psychology Service, UK
  • Professor Dominic Wyse, IOE

PhD and EdD students

  • Liz Broadbent
  • Terry Bennett
  • Keeley Dobinson
  • Fifi Haji Zailani
  • Carolina Hernandez Jamasmie
  • Jana Parolkova


Our research


Upcoming and current projects

Past projects include

Hear from our researchers



Areas of expertise

Our members have considerable expertise in the following areas:

  • Oral and written language development
  • Psychological processes in reading and spelling
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Speech, language and literacy difficulties
  • Typical and atypical language development
  • Numerical skills development and difficulties
  • Language development in deafness and hearing impairment.


We are currently involved in the revision of the national curriculum for English, in the COST action "an integrated and inclusive approach to language and literacy in Europe", in reviews for the nasen journals and in consultancy for the Educational Services of the Falkland Islands Government.

Julie Dockrell has been carrying a consultancy work in the Falklands Islands this February. This is quite a unique consultancy work commissioned by the Educational Services of the Falkland Islands Government. Julie spent two weeks advising the two schools of the island on their Special Educational Needs provision, assessing the needs and advising on appropriate arrangements.

Previous consultancy works include:


For further information on our consultancy services, contact Professor Julie Dockrell: j.dockrell@ucl.ac.uk


    Tools for practitioners

    Resources produced by members of our centre useful for professionals and researchers:

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