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.
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.