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Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI)

Improves children’s oral language skills and supports reading comprehension



The Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) is a 20-week programme for children in their first year of primary school who show weakness in their oral language skills and who are therefore at risk of experiencing difficulty with reading.

  • Developed by a team of academic experts and underpinned by evidence demonstrating a positive impact on children.
  • Includes professional development for teaching assistants and non-specialist teachers.
  • Comes with a comprehensive pack of resources to help with planning, teaching and assessment.
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Series contains:

  • 2 Teacher Books
  • 2 Flashcards Sets
  • Ted puppet
  • Professional Development provided by specialist training consultancy Elklan

Discover the Oxford Language Report

Read the Oxford Language Report

Find out how the Oxford Language Report can support closing the word gap in your school.

Find out more about Nuffield Early Language Intervention

Case study (film)

Hear how this Early Language Intervention programme has transformed teaching & pupils early language skills within Carmountside Primary Academy School

2 mins

Nuffield Foundation

Nuffield Early Language Intervention

Read about Nuffield and the background to the programme

Professional development

Elklan Training

Professional Development provided by experts

Education Endowment Foundation

Find out more about the EEF efficacy trial


Download exemplar flash card sample

See an exemplar flash card


Download Teacher's Handbook sample

See sample pages from the Teacher's Handbook

Useful information

Education Endowment Foundation

The latest EEF report on Preparing for Literacy recommends NELI for targeting struggling children. Read the full report.

Marketing collateral

Press release

Oxford University Press becoming the new publishing partner for the Nuffield Foundation's Nuffield Early Language Intervention programme

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