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Nuffield Early Language Intervention Programme

Primary classroom
Researchers: Mehul Kotecha
Published: February 2015

Aim

We have done an evaluation of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention programme to find out how effective it is and if it increases children’s spoken language skills.

You can read all the findings in our report.

Key findings 

  • The intervention had a positive impact on the language skills of children in the trial.
  • Children receiving the 30-week version experienced the equivalent of about four months of additional progress, compared with about two months additional progress for the 20-week version.
  • The evaluation did not provide reliable evidence that either version of the programme had a positive impact on children’s word-level literacy skills.
  • Teaching assistants delivering the programme reported that they found it difficult to devote enough time to it, and that support from senior staff was required to protect the programme time.
  • Staff in participating schools reported that the programme had a positive impact on children’s language skills and confidence. 

Methods

We worked with the Institute of Fiscal Studies to evaluate this language programme. 

IFS did a quantitative impact evaluation and NatCen did a process evaluation to find out how the language programme was managed and delivered in schools.