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Eligibility for the DfE funded NELI offer in 2021/22

Who can receive the DfE funded NELI programme in 2021/22?

How do we register our school?

Which type of schools are eligible for NELI in 2021/22?

Can schools in Scotland / Wales apply?

What are the programme timelines for 2021/22?

How many schools will the programme reach?

Can schools use their catch-up premium to pay for staff time to deliver NELI?

Registration process

How do we register our school?

Who should we nominate as our NELI lead? What is their role?

How do we work out how many NELI kits we might need?

How do we work out how many staff we would like to access training?

I'm having technical issues trying to register my school

The NELI programme

What is NELI? Who is it for?

Why focus on oral language skills and why NELI?

What are the NELI sessions like and how are they structured?

Can we deliver more NELI sessions each week to finish the programme in less than 20 weeks?

How does assessment work when delivering NELI?

How does NELI fit in with my phonics programmes, will it conflict?

How can the programme be best used to meet different children’s needs?

Identifying pupils to receive NELI

How many pupils can participate?

How can we best select which pupils receive NELI?

Can we deliver NELI in other year groups at the same time as the Reception cohort?

We have a child with SEN/EAL in our class, can we include them?

The children identified to receive NELI are already receiving SaLT support/intervention – can they do both?

Identifying staff to take part in NELI

Which staff are involved in NELI?

How do we work out how many staff we would like to access training?

Can two members of staff share delivery of NELI?

Who should we nominate as our NELI lead? What is their role?

Training

What does the training involve? Who needs to be trained?

How do we work out how many staff we would like to access training?

One of my nominated NELI trainees has left, can we replace them? Can we edit or add a NELI trainee after we have registered for the programme?

How long does the training take? When do I need to complete the different aspects of the training?

A staff member has already been trained in NELI from previous years, do they have to take this new training?

Can we start the training earlier than the timeline suggests?

My NELI trainees aren’t free on the day that the training launches, what do we do?

Our Reception class teachers and teaching assistants job share, can we sign them both up for the training?

Someone in my team doesn’t have a school email address, can their invitation be sent to a colleague?

How do we join the training?

Time

How much time does NELI take to deliver?

How long does the training take? When do I need to complete the different aspects of the training?

Can schools use their catch-up premium to pay for staff time to deliver NELI?

Resources

What other resources are needed to deliver NELI effectively?

Can we amend our order of NELI kits? We need more resources than those we originally requested?

Some of the items in my NELI kit are damaged? Can I order a replacement?

LanguageScreen

I’m having issues using LanguageScreen

I have a question about GDPR and LanguageScreen

Do we need to ask parents' permission to assess children with LanguageScreen? What letter should we send out to parents to say we’re participating?

We haven’t heard back from a parent; can we continue to test with LanguageScreen?

We would like to use a different assessment programme (not LanguageScreen)

Can we share LanguageScreen results with parents?

No-one in our class has scored below average in LanguageScreen – should we still deliver NELI?

A parent has requested to withdraw their child’s data from LanguageScreen, how do we do this?

Parents

How can we keep parents informed about the NELI programme?

Do we need to ask parents' permission to assess children with LanguageScreen? What letter should we send out to parents to say we’re participating?

Evidence and evaluation

What is the evidence that shows NELI could work for my pupils?

Will there be a research project evaluating the delivery of NELI in 2021/22?

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