Early Talk Boost

EEF has commissioned IES to conduct an efficacy trial evaluation of the Early Talk Boost programme, which will begin in schools in 2024. Early Talk Bost is an early langugae intervention with 3 and 4-year-olds who have demonstrated difficulty with communication and language skills. Early Years practitioners are trained to deliver a nine-week intervention with groups of up to eight children per setting, and parents/carers receive guidance to support children's language development at home. The project will include an evaluation of outcomes and a process and implementation evaluation (IPE). 

Update, June 2024: This trial experienced significant challenges in the recruitment phase that meant the requisite number of children would not be enrolled. Due to this, IES reached an agreement with EEF that it would be cancelled. A lessons learned report will be published in 2024.