Supporting Social Mobility Through Education


The government’s ambitions aimed at putting the improvement of social mobility “at the heart of education policy” present a perfect fit for the ‘chatta approach’. The plans outline how education can play a key role in the delivery of equality of opportunity for every child, regardless of where they live.

Whilst the benefits of ‘chatta’ support all 4 of the agenda’s aims, it is ambition 1: Closing the word gap, which is clearly the correct place to start.

Boosting access to high quality early language and literacy, both in the classroom and at home, ensuring more disadvantaged children leave school having mastered the basics of literacy that many take for granted.   


How does the ‘chatta’ approach achieve this?

‘Chatta’ is an approach to teaching and learning which is simple to implement and highly effective in developing ‘oral narrative competence’ for children.

The approach is built on the key principles of how children learn to speak and maximises opportunities for interaction and oral rehearsal.


What does ‘chatta’ achieve?

Chatta quickly achieves oral fluency for children, extended and ambitious use of vocabulary, more child/parent interactions and a clear and consistent use of modelled language at school and home.

Children familiar with the chatta approach think, speak and write in sentences drawing on powerful models and the audio-visual scaffolding provided by chatta.


How is ‘chatta’ different?

Chatta is a distinct pedagogical approach developed in hundreds of schools and with thousands of pupils across the world.

There is nothing like it, and nothing more effective in ensuring access to high quality early language both at home and at school.

Whilst simple to implement, the design of the approach is deep-rooted and secure in its methodology.


How do I introduce ‘chatta’ to my school?

All schools working with Chatta have a designated ‘chatta champion’ and a clear and simple action plan. Training is quick and simple and accessed online, via webinar and *at school through demonstration activities and workshops, for both staff and parents.

*at school/in house training is available but not essential.


How do parents get involved?

Parents access chatta resources via smartphones and computers as frequently as schools choose to send them. Their role is to review and discuss the content with their children.


What do parents and carers think about ‘chatta’?

Parents find the approach simple, fun and effective.

‘So much better than any homework. You can actually see how he is learning all the time.”