Enhancing the Pupil Voice in 2019

Tootoot are now offering schools a free trial of their award-winning pupil voice and anti-bullying app! Tootoot’s founder Michael Brennan explains how tootoot can support your school, and why you should sign-up for the free trial today.

tootoot admin dashIn recent years there has been a rise in the wellbeing and mental health issues raised by children and young people, in part this is due to the unique pressures young people face with things such as social media and exam stress.

It has been recognised that children identify and report more concerns, such as mental health and homophobic bullying, than are reported by their teachers; showing a clear need for tools that make it easier for pupils to speak-up about their concerns.

Research released in Autumn 2018 found that pupils are more likely to seek support for mental health online, using digital tools such as phone apps to speak up about their concerns.

I want all young people to have the key to unlock the support they need to reach their full potential which is why I founded tootoot, the app that makes it easier for pupils to speak-up confidentially, and ensure that all pupil concerns are raised, listened to and resolved.

Tootoot saves lives
I used my experiences of bullying to create a pupil voice app that is trusted by over 15,000 teachers to enhance wellbeing and safeguarding for their pupils, making it easier for pupils to speak-up and feel that their concerns are listened to and properly resolved.

When I started tootoot my hope was that it would help just one pupil speak-up. Tootoot has already saved lives, giving over a quarter of a million children the opportunity to speak-up about concerns such as bullying, cyberbullying, grooming and mental health concerns:

“tootoot is my only friend” – North West Primary Pupil

“I really need to speak to you because lately I’ve been thinking about life and how I just hate mine and how I just want to die”- Primary Pupil

“One of our learners was living in a tent in a local park, we only discovered this because they spoke-up using the tootoot app” – North East Learning Provider

Tootoot and Ofsted
Tootoot also supports schools with their Ofsted inspections, making it quicker and easier for teachers to gather data about bullying and safeguarding incidents as well as demonstrating how effectively the staff and pupils deal with instances of bullying behaviour.

“Tootoot has been an amazing addition to our school. It has helped us learn about a number of pupil concerns earlier than we would have learned about them with traditional methods such as face-to-face reporting.

It has also given our SLT the data needed to make informed decisions about how best to support our pupils.

During our recent Ofsted Inspection, the inspectors were really impressed with tootoot and how we used the system. We used the dashboard reports from tootoot to demonstrate to the Ofsted inspectors the positive impact our curriculum, safeguarding and wellbeing activities have had for our pupil groups – it was received really well.”

Try tootoot for free
Tootoot are now offering schools a free four-week trial of this award-winning pupil voice and anti-bullying platform. Sign your school up here tootoot.co.uk/sign-up.

For more information you can visit tootoot.co.uk or email freetrials@tootoot.co.uk. You can also follow tootoot on twitter @tootootofficial

Written by Michael Brennan on January 17, 2019 13:02

Anti-Bullying Week 2018

Children want adults to show more respect for each other ahead of Anti-Bullying Week

ABW 2018 LogoChildren want adults to show more respect for each other, as worrying numbers of 11 to 16 year-olds witness adults setting a bad example by bullying and disrespecting each other.

The results of a poll, published by the Anti-Bullying Alliance ahead of Anti-Bullying Week 2018, suggest that over four-in-ten children (41%) have seen adults bullying each other during the last six months, with an even greater number (60%) witnessing grown-ups being disrespectful to other adults.

Children said they saw much of the adult bullying take place face-to-face (21%), but had also come across it online (18%) or in the media (20%).

More than 4 in 5 of the children polled (87%) also reported having seen children bullying each other. The majority (76%) had seen this happen at school, with a third (34%) seeing it online and a quarter (27%) seeing it in their communities.

The results come as children continue to suffer on the receiving end of hurtful behavior. Nearly half of the children surveyed (45%) said they had been bullied face to face at least once during the last six months, with over a third (34%) saying they had been bullied online over the same period. Worryingly, the equivalent of one child in every classroom (4%) said they had been bullied face-to-face or online every day over the last six months.

However, nearly all children surveyed (98%) said that showing respect to each other is important and that it is possible to be respectful even if you disagree with someone else. 97% said adults should set a good example and show more respect for each other.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance, with the continued support of SafeToNet, is encouraging everyone to ‘Choose Respect’ during Anti-Bullying Week. The campaign, expected to be supported in approximately three-quarters of schools in England, takes place from 12 to 16 November.

CBeebies star Andy Day and Anti-Bullying Alliance patron, and his band Andy and the Odd Socks, have launched a new song in support of Anti-Bullying Week 2018 and are encouraging students to wear odd socks to school during the campaign to show their support and raise money for a good cause.

On Thursday of Anti-Bullying Week, the Anti-Bullying Alliance has teamed up with The Royal Foundation and The Duke of Cambridge to support their Royal Cyberbullying Taskforce to shine a spotlight on cyberbullying by holding ‘Stop Speak Support Day’ which encourages young people to become upstanders when they encounter bullying online.

Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, said:
‘Children who experience bullying are at higher risk of experiencing a range of mental health issues and leaving school with fewer qualifications. The impact of bullying can last well in to adulthood. We need children to learn that we don’t have to be best friends with each other or always agree with each other but this is never an excuse for bullying or hurtful behavior. We must always choose respect. We are urging adults to role model the ‘choose respect’ message, and help us stop bullying in schools to prevent it from affecting so many children’s lives.’

Richard Pursey, CEO of SafeToNet, said:
‘SafeToNet is delighted to once again support Anti-Bullying Week. We’re passionate about safeguarding children’s online experience from all kinds of cyber abuse, while allowing them to enjoy all of the positive benefits that the internet and social media provide. Bullying, whether online or offline, can have a damaging effect on young people’s lives and we all need to do everything we can to choose and show respect.’

Anti-Bullying Week runs from 12 to 16 November 2018 – get involved at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk / @ABAonline: #AntiBullyingWeek #ChooseRespect #OddSocks.


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  • A poll of one thousand 11-16 year olds shows 97% would like adults to show more respect for each other.
  • 41% of children have seen adults bullying each other during the last six months.
  • Children themselves continue to experience bullying: nearly half (45%) say they have been bullied face to face, and 34% online, at least once during the last six months.
  • The equivalent of one child in every classroom (4%) said they were being bullied face to face or online every day.
  • Nearly all the children surveyed (98%) said that showing respect to each other is important and that it is possible to be respectful even if you disagree with someone else.
  • Anti-Bullying Week runs from 12-16 November 2018 with the theme ‘Choose Respect’

Written by Safeguarding Essentials on November 09, 2018 10:49

World Mental Health Day – 10th October

Young people and mental health in a changing world


WMHD LogoOn October 10th, people around the world will be taking part in the annual World Mental Health Day, drawing attention to the importance of mental well-being.

Organised by the World Federation for Mental Health since 1992 and supported by many of the national and international charities, this year the theme will focus on young people and mental health, highlighting the additional stresses faced by today’s youth that can lead to mental health issues.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, around 1 in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health problems including depressions and anxiety. However, they report a more worrying figure in that 70% of those young people have not received help at a sufficiently early age.

UK charity Young Minds report that half of mental health problems are evident by the age of 14, reaching 75% by the age of 24 – this goes to reinforce the importance of early intervention wherever possible.

WFMH President, Professor Alberto Trimboli adds: “This year, World Mental Health Day will talk about the issues facing young people and cover a small portion of the great research, stories, ideas and programs out there to help the next generations be strong and resilient in the face of hardship, life changes, discrimination and destruction. This information is only the beginning – there is an abundance of great information, organizations and advocates out there fighting for the wellbeing of young people

We ask that you join the 2018 World Mental Health Day campaign and help us create a larger audience, a greater impact and a unified voice for global mental health!”

The key topics being addressed, particularly focusing on young people, in the activities supporting World Mental Health Day this year include:

  • Bullying and cyber bullying
  • The effects of trauma
  • Major illnesses
  • Suicide
  • Gender identity
  • Ultimately the goal of WMHD is to look for a way forward: “We all know that a young person with support, stability and the information will usually lead to a positive, healthy adult. So, how do we make sure our young people have all the skills and support they need to achieve that? Early interventions, prevention, resilience support and programs to educate young people and the world around them. Following are just a few examples of ways we can help create an environment that leads to resilience and happiness.”

    For more information about the campaign, visit the World Foundation for Mental Health website



    For a range of mental well-being resources including teaching materials, parents guides and staff training, join our Safeguarding Essentials service.

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    Written by Safeguarding Essentials on October 04, 2018 12:24


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