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What is Chatta?
Allison Haywood, Deputy Headteacher, Paisley Primary School
Chatta is a simple and powerful pedagogical approach.
It links experiences and subject content with language and memory and leads to rapid progress for pupils of all ages.
The impact is strong, sustained and frequently staggering.
The approach was developed by Chris Williams and David Andrews and was based on their work in hundreds of schools and with thousands of students.
Chatta features a digital app, which is used by educators, students, and families in a consistent way, following the clear and simple steps of the Chatta approach.
The approach has been used with children aged 1 and above, right through to adults with dementia and young people preparing for job and university interviews.
In one UK city alone, in the last year the percentage of children achieving age related expectations in speaking has increased from 49 to 83, leading to an expanded roll-out of Chatta for families.
“Talk is the halfway house between speaking and writing. Chatta is a learning superpower.’
Cheryl Bowers, Early Years Advisor, Hull, UK
Chatta is a unique way of learning through experiences, images and language. It is used to support teaching and learning and leads to strong outcomes in spoken communication, writing, memory. Chatta unlocks creativity like nothing else
Chatta Club provides daily creative learning activities for families of children aged 3 to 11 who are unable to attend school. Chatta Club is free to join.
Language is essential to learning and underpins progress in all subjects. In the UK alone thousands of children are starting school behind in their language development. Chatta can help to change this.Impact
Chatta's research study conducted in 2015, noted an improvement in language development, communication, and speech & language skills. Chatta is the perfect way to maximize the impact of SEND interventions as any activities carried out in the setting can be easily replicated in the home, increasing the impact and ensuring progress. Chatta is frequently used by practitioners to support children with speech and language difficulties, autism, hearing impairments, emotional difficulties and a range of additional needs. The flexibility of the approach can be easily used to develop visual timetables, social stories, and transition supports.Scalability
Chatta has scaled across the United Kingdom and is also used in Malaysia.