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Effectiveness Trial of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention Effectiveness Programme

The Nuffield Early Language Intervention is designed to improve the spoken language ability of children as they begin primary school. Targeted at children with relatively poor spoken language skills, it is delivered to groups of two to four children, three times a week, alongside some individual sessions. Trained Teaching Assistants (TAs) run the programme, which lasts for 20 weeks during their first year of school (Reception). Sessions focus on listening, narrative and vocabulary skills.

The intervention was developed a team led by Charles Hulme (Education) and Maggie Snowling (St. John’s College) with funding from the Nuffield Foundation, and a previous EEF evaluation found a positive impact on language skills. This trial will test the Reception course in 200 schools. The resources are being published by Oxford University Press, and training for TAs will be provided by Elklan — a specialist training agency focused on speech and language interventions.

Funder: Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
Start date: 02/05/2017
End date: 31/08/2018

Website: Nuffield Early Language Intervention resource

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