Nuffield Early Language Intervention

The Nuffield Early Language Intervention is an evidence-based oral language intervention for children in nursery and reception who show weakness in their oral language skills and who are therefore at risk of experiencing difficulty with reading. It is delivered over 30 weeks by teaching assistants in groups of 3-4 children.  

The intervention was developed by a team from the University of York, who subsequently carried out a randomised control trial in 15 schools and feeder-nurseries across Yorkshire. After 30 weeks, the children who had received the intervention had improved expressive language skills, including the use of vocabulary and grammar. Their letter-sound knowledge and spelling also improved, indicating the foundations of phonics were in place. 

Independent evaluation

In 2016, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published an evaluation study of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention. The statistically significant results from 34 schools demonstrated that the programme increased the attainment of levels of 4- to 5- year-olds in vocabulary, grammar and listening skills and improved language and children’s confidence. The EEF designated the intervention as a ‘promising project’ and a further, larger-scale trial involving 200 classrooms is in train.

Partnership with Oxford University Press

We are delivering the Nuffield Early Language Intervention in partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP). If you want to find out more about how to use the intervention in your school, visit the OUP website

The Nuffield Early Language Intervention in action

Project details

 

Researchers

Professor Margaret Snowling, Dr Claudine Bowyer-Crane, Professor Charles Hulme, University of York

Funding programme

Education

Grant amount and duration

£240,708

1 January 2009 - 31 May 2012

Project partners

 

How to get in touch:

Find out more about the Nuffield Early Language Intervention and how it can benefit your school, contact Oxford University Press' School Improvement Sales Manager Sharon Grinham

Website: www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/ NuffieldIntervention
Email: primary.enquires@oup.com/ consultant
Phone: +44 (0)1536 452610

Publications

 

Silke Fricke, Claudine Bowyer-Crane, Allyson J Haley, Charles Hulme, Margaret Snowling (2013) - Efficacy of language intervention in the early years. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Silke Fricke, Kelly Burgoyne, Claudine Bowyer-Crane, Maria Kyriacou, Alexandra Zosimodou, Liam Maxwell, Anne Lervåg, Margaret J. Snowling, Charles Hulme (2017) - The efficacy of early language intervention in mainstream school settings: a randomized control trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Developing Language and Literacy: Effective Intervention in the Early Years

Julia M. Carroll (University of Warwick), Claudine Bowyer-Crane (University of York), Fiona J. Duff (University of York), Charles Hulme (University of York), Margaret J. Snowling (University of York)

Developing Language and LiteracyISBN: 978-0-470-71186-6

December 2010, ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell