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Primary schools line up for DfE funded speech and language programme

Two fifths of primary schools are reported to have signed up for a programme to support reception-aged children whose early language and literacy development has been affected by the pandemic.

Over 6,000 primary schools are said to have applied so far which will bring funding through the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI). Some 62,000 four and five year olds are expected to benefit in the current academic year.

The fully-funded programme is available to state schools as part of the DfE’s £350m allocation to tutoring, through the £1bn Covid-19 'catch-up' package announced in June 2020.

NELI is designed to improve listening, narrative and vocabulary skills with three to five weekly sessions delivered to small groups of children with relatively poor spoken language skills.

The 30-week programme starts in the final term of nursery and continues in reception year with the 20-week programme is delivered in reception only.

Read more about the scheme here