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Registration for 2021/22 has closed

State-funded English schools with reception classes have accessed the Nuffield Early Language Intervention free of charge this academic year, supporting thousands of pupils with vital communication skills.

Already registered for NELI?

Registered schools can review the programme timeline and log in to their school’s account.

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Registration for NELI 2021/22 has closed

The registration window to receive NELI closed on 31 October 2021 and there are no school places remaining. If you have not registered and would like to access the programme, please contact

Early years children reading at school NELI

What is NELI?

The Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) is a programme for children in Reception (4-5 years) which has been found to improve children’s language and early literacy skills. The programme involves a trained teaching assistant providing short small-group and individual teaching sessions to around 3-6 pupils for 20-weeks. Robust evaluations found NELI children made on average 3 months of additional progress in language.

Webinars and podcast

If you would like more in depth information about NELI, you can view a recording of one of our webinar briefings or listen to a podcast episode about NELI.