Insights from ChatterStars founder Helen Prince

Are you welcoming children from Ukraine in your primary school?

ChatterStars is collaborating with Bookmark Reading Charity to deliver the Bookmark Box for Ukraine to children arriving in the UK from Ukraine.


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The box has been designed with the help of teachers, literacy experts and the Ukrainian Embassy in London. It is suitable for children aged 5-9 (one per family) and includes a tablet pre-loaded with ChatterStars, Duo Lingo, Rhino Readers and multilingual eBooks. It also includes lots of books, magazines and activities in Ukrainian and English together with a school stationery set and sensory games and activities for therapeutic play.

We’ve had some wonderful feedback from schools to date, a headteacher from the Nottingham Ukrainian School sent this kind message earlier this week “I must compliment you on how thoughtfully your boxes are compiled, it is a pure treasure chest for a child and surely a great help in mastering the language, and especially appreciate a leaflet translated in Ukrainian – that means so much to the new families.”

You can apply for a Bookmark Box for Ukraine here or contact Bookmark at [email protected] .

Our New School Platform is Live!

This month, we’ve been very busy working on our school’s package to make ChatterStars the ideal platform for your teaching toolkit. We’ve added some great new features for the classroom creating a more robust and comprehensive solution for improving vocabulary for all. We also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has joined us on our journey so far.

We’re so excited to offer you our improved platform. Join our community now to make a difference for your pupils!

To get started, start a free trial or contact our school experts.

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We’re in TechRound’s top 10 Startups to Watch!

It’s official – ChatterStars is a start-up to watch! Thankyou TechRound for supporting our mission to equip our children with an eloquent, brave, world-changing voice. We’re so excited to make the list! You can view this list of startups here.

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Welcome to our Two New Ambassador Schools

This month, we welcome Ian Ramsey CE Academy from Stockton-on-Tees and St Hilary School in Penzance to our group of Ambassador Schools! As an ambassador school, we work together closely to enhance and tailor our offer to the needs of children and teachers, moving forward together to help boost a powerful voice for our young people.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador school, please email a member of our schools team on [email protected]

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We’ve Joined the Twinkl Community!

We can finally share our news…we have joined the Twinkl community! We’re delighted to be working with Twinkl and receive their investment to boost the vocabulary and life chances of ALL young people. Thankyou to all of you who have followed us in our earliest days!

Word Gap

Helen contributes to new OUP report: How Schools are Closing the Word Gap

Helen Prince our CEO recently contributed to the Oxford Language Report 2021-2022 discussing the scale of the word gap and the impact of Covid on language developments being an ongoing issue. This collection of case studies serves to remind us of the brilliant work going on in schools to make a real and impactful difference to addressing the word gap. These schools demonstrate what can be done to set their pupils up for a better and more confident future.

Read the report here

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New vocabulary books available!

We are delighted to announce the publication of our CEO and Founder Helen Prince’s new vocabulary books!  Published by Oxford University Press, the ‘Boost Your Vocabulary’ series is designed to expand students’ vocabulary and address the word gap.  With carefully selected, aspirational words drawn from the Oxford Children’s Corpus, this series of three work books focuses on the vocabulary that will help students access more challenging texts and empower them to use a more sophisticated vocabulary.

You can check them out here:


Helen chats with Michael Morpurgo

Awards for Oxford Education Podcast