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Oxford University Press (OUP) and the Nuffield Foundation have announced that OUP are the new publishing partner for the Nuffield Early Language Intervention, a programme for children in their first year of primary school.

The Nuffield Early Language Intervention is an evidence-based oral language intervention programme for children developed by a team of researchers including Professor Maggie Snowling (Centre for Reading and Language @ Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology) and Professor Charles Hulme (Oxford University Department of Education).  The programme includes professional development for teaching assistants and non-specialist teachers and comprehensive in-school resources including teaching handbooks, picture cards, assessment support and even a puppet!

In 2016, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published an evaluation study on the programme’s outcomes.  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 children’s language and confidence.

Language is the medium of educational instruction and the foundation of literacy. This programme can help strengthen the foundation of education for children who may otherwise be left behind - Professor Maggie Snowling & Professor Charles Hulme