Giving children the best start in life

Save the Children
Talk for Boys
Boys are falling behind in literacy.
Last year alone, 80,000 boys in England
started reception class struggling to speak
in sentences or follow instructions.
chatta offers a solution to break the cycle of disengaged, reluctant boy learners and enable them to become better communicators by creating the right conditions for their learning.


  • Utilising boys fascinations and learning preferences as a starting point for planning
  • Providing an environment for opportunities for exploration and curiosity
  • Using chatta’s unique approach to capture the experiences which focus on boys’ interests and link these to different types of talk

Talk for Boys Projects

Why do we need to focus on boys?

Boys are falling behind in literacy. Save the Children (2016) launched a powerful new report laying bare the potentially devastating and lifelong consequences for boys in England who start school significantly trailing girls in basic early language skills.

The report highlights that last year alone, 80,000 boys in England started reception class struggling to speak a full sentence or follow simple instructions. Based on newly commissioned research from the University of Bristol, ‘The Lost Boys: How boys are falling behind in their early years’ finds that being behind on the first day of school is often an indicator that these boys will stay behind, potentially for life!

In addition the Statutory Framework For the Early Years Foundation Stage, September 2014 states that “Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.”