Foundations for learning

Please note that 'Foundations for learning' has now been replaced by a new funding programme, Early Years Education and Childcare, and a new theme within our Education programme that focuses on primary education.

Projects listed on this page were funded through our Foundations for learning theme and were designed to examine and address the wide variations in cognitive abilities, social skills, emotional resources, and readiness to learn that are already prevalent when children start school. These variations contribute to the large gaps that open up in educational and other outcomes between different groups of children.

As many as one in ten children have some level of persistent special needs in speech, language and communication. Over the past decade, we have supported a range of research projects on these specific speech and language delays and disorders.

Several of these projects focus on impairments and interventions. Others focus on the specific needs of a group of children, for example deaf children and their education

Recent projects in this area include a longitudinal study to examine the relationship between the use of mobile phone slang and grammatical development, a review of the international evidence on parental involvement interventions, and a study of the impact of month of birth on child development.

See also

Foundations for learning

Children and Families 

See how we support young children though our Children and Families programme