Institute of Education


Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research & Practice

Supporting theoretical and applied research in the areas of spoken and written language and developing and understanding between language, literacy and numeracy.

Director: Professor Julie Dockrell

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

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

Director of Centre


Associates and visiting fellows

  • Dr Barbara Arfè, EdPsyLab, DPSS, University of Padua
  • Professor Richard Cowan, Professor of Psychology of Education, UCL Institute of Education
  • Jennifer Donovan, Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Ambra Fastelli, EdPsyLab, DPSS, University of Padua
  • Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Jaime Balladares 
  • Dr Lucie Broc, BCL, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Dr Susan Ebbels, Moor House School and UCL
  • Dr Lisa Fridkin, Teaching Fellow
  • Dr Frances Hampson-Jones, Former PhD Student
  • Angela Hobsbaum, Researcher
  • Dr Karin Keller, University of Basel
  • Dr Anna Llaurado, University of Barcelona
  • Dr Maria Mengisidou, Honorary Research Associate, UCL Institute of Education
  • Ann Nordberg, University of Gothenburg
  • Dr Julie Radford, Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Jeni Riley, Visiting Fellow, UCL Institute of Education
  • Professor Rhona Stainthorp, University of Reading
  • Professor Morag Stuart, Professor in the Psychology of Reading, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Joanna Vivash (DEdPsy), Cambridgeshire Community Educational Psychology Service, UK
  • Professor Dominic Wyse, Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, UCL Institute of Education

PhD and EdD students

  • 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

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