Learning app named ‘inspiring innovation’

The Chatta app was developed with Pocklington School's support.
The Chatta app was developed with Pocklington School's support.

The learning app which helps Early Learners at Pocklington School speak more fluently has been named as one of the most inspiring education innovations in the world.

The Chatta app, which is being developed with the school’s support, was announced as one of the 100 projects which are changing the face of education, at the HundrED Innovation summit in Helsinki.

HundrED is a non-profit global education organisation which shares best practice ideas and innovations to help improve the future of education globally. Its 100 top education innovations, gathered from 36 countries, were selected for their innovativeness, impact and scalability.

The Chatta app works by encouraging children to upload and talk about their own pictures and photos. It is used at Pocklington School to help Pre-Prep and Early Years children improve their command of language and vocabulary, as well as to support overseas boarders as they master the English language. The app has also proved useful in helping children with special needs speak fluently.

Chris Williams, Chatta co-founder, said: “It’s an immense honour to join this list of education innovators and to have the opportunity to extend our reach further through HundrED’s network of global educators and innovators. HundrED is driven by achieving improved outcomes in education for children and young people, which is exactly what we aim to achieve with Chatta.

“Pocklington School was quick to spot the value of the app in helping learners become strong communicators at any level and in any language.”

Mark Ronan, headmaster at Pocklington School, said: “We were immediately impressed by the impact of Chatta in helping both overseas boarders learning English as a second language and Early Years pupils think, speak and write in English at a higher level.

“We are delighted that HundrED shares our enthusiasm for Chatta’s digital learning business, which is already making great strides in furthering the education of young people far beyond our School.

“Congratulations to Chris and we look forward to supporting Chatta in its continued development.”