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The Nuffield Languages Inquiry and Nuffield Languages Programme

Project overview


The Foundation set up the Nuffield Languages Inquiry in 1998 to review the UK’s capability in languages. A committee chaired by Sir Trevor McDonald and Sir John Boyd was asked to consider the following questions and to make recommendations:

  • What capability in languages will the UK need in the next twenty years if it is to fulfill its economic, strategic, social and cultural aims and responsibilities, and the aspirations of its citizens?
  • To what extent do present policies and arrangements meet these needs?
  • What strategic planning and initiatives will be required in the light of the present position?

Following the conclusion of the inquiry, we established the Nuffield Languages Programme to help implement the recommendations.

The Nuffield Languages Programme was established in 2002. Its brief was to:

  • help translate the earlier Nuffield Language Inquiry’s key messages into action;
  • promote specific initiatives, selecting a range of projects to benefit from Nuffield funding and seeking additional material support from other sources where appropriate;
  • contribute to policy debate, including internationally;
  • secure promotion of the importance of languages in the UK, including maintaining the high profile for languages achieved by the Inquiry;
  • encourage leadership and strategic action on the part of government with the aim of making the group’s existence unnecessary within two years.
  • The Programme’s Steering Group organised activities within two categories:
  • commissioning major policy-development projects;
  • awarding grants to projects with the potential to enhance opportunities for people of all ages to learn languages in the UK.

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Education | 2021 - 2023

Reading for meaning: Reciprocal Reading Secondary for struggling readers in KS3

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Education | 2020 - 2022

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Education | 2020 - 2022

Evaluating the short- and medium-term impacts of Sure Start

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Education | 2020 - 2021

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Education | 2020 - 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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Education | 2020 - 2020

COVID-19 mitigation measures: education provision and access to special schools

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Education | 2020 - 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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Education | 2020 - 2021

Post-16 educational trajectories and social inequalities in political engagement

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Education | 2020 - 2022

The effects of COVID-19 on families’ time-use and child development

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Education | Welfare | 2020 - 2021

Growing up under COVID-19

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Education | 2020 - 2022

Gene-environment interplay in early life cognitive development

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Education | 2020 - 2022

Comparisons of cognitive skills and educational attainment across the UK

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New

Education | 2021 - 2023

Reading for meaning: Reciprocal Reading Secondary for struggling readers in KS3

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New

Education | 2020 - 2022

Evaluating the short- and medium-term impacts of Sure Start

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Teacher in classroom with laughing primary school students, reading a story to them.
New

Education | 2020 - 2022

Gene-environment interplay in early life cognitive development

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In progress

Education | 2020 - 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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In progress

Education | 2020 - 2020

COVID-19 mitigation measures: education provision and access to special schools

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Male-teacher-teaches-teenagers-in-secondary-school-lesson-Autonomous-schools-and-the-teacher-labour-market-Evidence-from-academies-PROJ
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Education | 2020 - 2021

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Young-boy-uses-tablet-with-mother-for-maths-learning-Can-maths-apps-add-value-to-learning-PROJ
In progress

Education | 2020 - 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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In progress

Education | 2020 - 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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Early years worker sitting at table with children
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Education | 2020 - 2021

The ‘common elements’ approach: improving outcomes in early childhood education

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Teenage-girl-looks-at-smartphone-next-to-laptop-Growing-up-under-COVID-19-PROJ
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Education | Welfare | 2020 - 2021

Growing up under COVID-19

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Young-boy-wearing-glasses-watches-laptop-school-lesson-with-notepad-The-effects-COVID-19-on-families-time-use-child-development-PROJ
In progress

Education | 2020 - 2022

The effects of COVID-19 on families’ time-use and child development

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In progress

Education | 2020 - 2021

Post-16 educational trajectories and social inequalities in political engagement

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New

Education | 2021 - 2023

Reading for meaning: Reciprocal Reading Secondary for struggling readers in KS3

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New

Education | 2020 - 2022

Evaluating the short- and medium-term impacts of Sure Start

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Teacher in classroom with laughing primary school students, reading a story to them.
New

Education | 2020 - 2022

Gene-environment interplay in early life cognitive development

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In progress

Education | 2020 - 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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In progress

Education | 2020 - 2020

COVID-19 mitigation measures: education provision and access to special schools

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Male-teacher-teaches-teenagers-in-secondary-school-lesson-Autonomous-schools-and-the-teacher-labour-market-Evidence-from-academies-PROJ
In progress

Education | 2020 - 2021

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Young-boy-uses-tablet-with-mother-for-maths-learning-Can-maths-apps-add-value-to-learning-PROJ
In progress

Education | 2020 - 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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In progress

Education | 2020 - 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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Early years worker sitting at table with children
In progress

Education | 2020 - 2021

The ‘common elements’ approach: improving outcomes in early childhood education

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Teenage-girl-looks-at-smartphone-next-to-laptop-Growing-up-under-COVID-19-PROJ
In progress

Education | Welfare | 2020 - 2021

Growing up under COVID-19

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Young-boy-wearing-glasses-watches-laptop-school-lesson-with-notepad-The-effects-COVID-19-on-families-time-use-child-development-PROJ
In progress

Education | 2020 - 2022

The effects of COVID-19 on families’ time-use and child development

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In progress

Education | 2020 - 2021

Post-16 educational trajectories and social inequalities in political engagement

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Education | 2003 - 2003

Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training

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Education | 2017 - 2018

Growing up digital

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Education | 1996 - 2010

The Assessment Reform Group

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Education | 2013 - 2019

Pupils’ understanding of evolution and inheritance

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Education | 2013 - 2016

When to teach what? Sensitive learning periods and adolescence

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Education | Welfare | 2013 - 2019

Neglected tropical diseases

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Education | 2016 - 2017

School choice and equality of opportunity

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Education | Welfare | 2015 - 2016

Out-of-school-time programmes and GCSE performance

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Education | 2018 - 2020

Teaching reading: an integrated programme for deaf & hearing children

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Education | 2013 - 2013

The effect of school inputs on educational achievements

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Education | 2014 - 2017

Special Educational Needs in Secondary Education (SENSE)

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Education | 2012 - 2017

Reading and dyslexia in deaf children

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We aim to improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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