Join tootoot's anti-bullying programme

Tootoot CEO and Co-founder Michael Brennan writes to invite schools to join tootoot’s six-week Anti-Bullying Programme.

tootoot anti-bullying weekBullying can have devastating effects on the victim and perpetrator, from mental health to physical health to academic attainment, and these effects can be felt well into adulthood. This I know only too well. I was bullied throughout primary and secondary school. The impact this had on my childhood is what drove me to create tootoot - so other children and young people, like myself, have another way to speak-up.

A recent study has found that the trauma stemming from chronic bullying can affect the structure of the brain, specifically parts involved with how the brain learns and the body moves. These changes were found to partly explain the relationship between high levels of bullying and higher levels of general anxiety at age 19*.

The whole team and I at tootoot, are passionate about anti-bullying and committed to helping pupils speak-up for themselves and others. Which is why we have created a free six-week Anti-Bullying Programme to help schools celebrate Anti-Bullying Week, and ultimately support bullying prevention and empower pupils to speak-up.

Your programme will include:

  • Access to tootoot – the pupil voice software that gives pupils a simple and trusted
    way to talk about any concerns
  • Access to tootmood – the simple feedback app that makes it easy to track the
    feelings and attitudes of your pupils
  • Click here to sign-up to the programme and we will be in contact shortly after. Act now, registration closed on 15th November 2019



    *(Quinlan, et al, 2018)

    Written by Michael Brennan on November 14, 2019 11:28

    Sign up for Pupil Voice Week 2019

    Tootoot CEO and founder Michael Brennan has written to invite you to Pupil Voice Week 2019, running from the 23rd - 27th September!



    Last year over 270,000 pupils from around the world celebrated the week, and this year will be the biggest yet, with more partners and free resources than ever before.



    Pupil Voice Week is an initiative started by tootoot, we are a pupil voice and safeguarding app used by over 600 schools across the UK. The week is now in its fourth year, and with the help of our partners Internet Matters, eAware, Safeguarding Essentials, TrainingSchoolz, Kidscape, Ditch The Label and Madlug we have created a range of lesson activities, lesson plans and assemblies and staff training for your school to enjoy.

    Our aim is to educate pupils about the benefits of using their voice, encouraging a long-term change of culture beyond the dates of the week. We hope that by providing schools with the knowledge and resources required to help you promote the importance of the pupil voice, more of your children and young people will speak-up about the issues that are concerning them, with a view to creating a positive change in the future.

    With the theme ‘Our Voice’ Pupil Voice Week this year focuses on encouraging pupils to unite their voices and speak out about issues that are affecting their community.

    We want every child to believe that their voice contributes towards a happier and safer world, and that by speaking up they are making a real difference. Which is why the Pupil Voice Week provides the tools to help teach your pupils about what a positive voice is, how they can use their voices and ways they can work together to create a happier world.

    Your free resource pack also covers topics such as anti-bullying and cyberbullying to highlight to children and young people the impact their voices can have when they don’t use them positively.

    Click here to register your school for free.

    Written by Michael Brennan on September 05, 2019 12:14

    LGBT+ Bullying in Schools

    Tootoot launch free World Pride celebration toolkit


    Tootoot LGBT FlagJune marks the start of Pride month, a time to celebrate diversity, promote equal rights and recognise the contributions that LGBT+ people have made to the world.

    Whilst society has come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, LGBT+ people still face stigma and prejudice in their everyday lives.

    This prejudice can start early in an individual’s life, young people who identify as LGBT+ are more likely to be bullied in school and, in 2017, Stonewall found that 45 per cent of LGBT+ pupils in Britain’s schools were bullied for being LGBT+.

    This can significantly affect the mental health of LGBT+ pupils when they are older - there is overwhelming research showing the correlation between being bullied as an adolescent LGBT+ person and developing serious mental illnesses later on in life. (Nancy L. Beckerman & Charles Auerbach, 2014)

    There has been new legislation brought in this year giving better to guidance to schools about how to teach topics such as LGBT+ relationships and identities to their pupils. This will help pupils to understand that there is nothing wrong with being LGBT+ and will in turn help to remove prejudices and discrimination.

    Since launching, tootoot has supported over 140 students to speak-up about LGBT+ cases ranging from homophobic bullying and name-calling to hate crimes. The number of cases reported on tootoot increased by 144 per cent between 2016 and 2018. This could reflect that already pupils have an increased awareness of what LGBT+ discrimination is, and are choosing to seek support for it using tootoot.

    For Pride month we have created a free toolkit to help your school celebrate pride, improve awareness and make it easier for your students to speak-up.

    Your toolkit will include:

    • Free targeted resources to encourage LGBT+ inclusiveness in your school
    • Access to tootmood – the simple feedback app that makes it easy to track the feelings and attitudes of your pupils
    • Access to tootoot – the pupil voice software that gives pupils a simple and trusted way to talk about any concerns

    Click here to sign-up to the toolkit and we will be in contact shortly after.

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    Written by Michael Brennan on June 06, 2019 08:44


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