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.
The Department for Education has provided funding to make NELI available to state-funded schools with Reception pupils in the coming academic year (2021/22). Read more about the funding offer and register your school.
Read answers to common questions to better understand how NELI could work in your school.