Global recognition for SHINE-backed Chatta project which helped children in 12 Hull schools

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From left, Baasit Siddiqui and Chris Williams with Leanne Marquis and Alicia Shaw from SHINE.

A project aimed at improving the communication and language skills of disadvantaged young children in Hull has been honoured at an international awards ceremony.

Chatta’s SHINE-backed project, which involved twelve schools in the city, was judged runner-up at The Global EdTech Awards 2023, held online on June 22.

The event featured teachers and technology companies and nominated finalists were attending from countries across the world.

Chatta won recognition in the highly competitive category, “Best co-production project: ed-tech company and school working together”.

The Chatta approach is based on research relating to what matters most in learning and development. It uses technology to present content in a way which mirrors the way people think and commit to memory and is used in the classroom and at home. Chatta’s software links learning experiences and subject content (in the form of photos and pictures downloaded by users) with modelled spoken language and opportunities for children to rehearse and tell stories.

The two-year project, which recently came to an end, led to transformational outcomes for children across Hull, and strong impact data.

The delivery, organisation and management of the project was a collaboration between Chatta, Pocklington School and Hull City Council’s Early Years Team.

Chris Williams, the founder of Chatta, thanked SHINE for supporting the project.

“SHINE’s belief in change and innovation to help change the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people is inspirational and courageous,” he said.

“I’m thrilled our project has been recognised and am grateful to everyone who helped make it happen.”

The award was announced by the category judge Rachelle Dené Poth, STEAM Educator at Riverview High School in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, USA, and the author of seven books about education and ed-tech.

She said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in this project. It demonstrates phenomenal work and dedication.”

Mark Anderson, one of the founders of The Global EdTech Awards, said the awards are about “celebrating the power of ed-tech” and showcasing “the incredible work being done around the world”.

“We’re passionate about recognising the true innovators and educators who are revolutionising the education sector,” he said.