Pupil Voice Week is an initiative started by tootoot, the award-winning safeguarding platform used by 250,000 pupils globally to safely and confidentially report their worries and concerns to their school. 2016 was the year of the very first Pupil Voice Week, with over 300 schools participating.
Each year Pupil Voice Week focuses on a different theme, this year we're celebrating the individuality and diversity of the Pupil Voice with the theme It's Your Voice.
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 resource required to help them promote the importance of using the pupil voice.
eAWARE is a unique safeguarding service for schools. Sexting, cyberbullying and grooming are just a few of the risks that young people have to negotiate online. We help schools to assess children’s online behaviour, identify risk, and deliver safeguarding so that young people are able to use technology safely. We are delighted to be supporting tootoot’s Pupil Voice Week with a range of resources.
Commando Joes are an elite team of military veterans on a mission to build character in schools. We work together with teachers to help pupils reach their full potential. At the core of our work is communication skills, which is why we are delighted to be a key delivery partner of Pupil Voice Week.
Ditch the Label is one of the largest anti-bullying charities in the UK. Each month, we support thousands of young people through bullying - empowering not only those who experience bullying, but those who do the bullying too. Our research shows that those who bully others usually have their own issues to deal with, and so our award-winning digital support programs are not only reactive, but preventative too.
We work with online games and social networks, in addition to helping young people aged 12-25 via our website and we are always increasing the support available.
Additionally, we regularly produce research to understand the changing nature of bullying and associated themes such as mental health impacts, technology, sexuality, gender and appearance-based bullying. We deliver public campaigns to raise awareness, increase education and to create public dialogue.
Pupil Voice Week is vital to remove any stigma in speaking up and to get us to talk openly about these issues as 1 in 2 of us will experience bullying at some point in our lives; that’s 1.5 million young people in the last year alone. Of those, only 40% told somebody. As a result of bullying, 1 in 3 self-harmed, 10% attempted suicide and 89% said that it impacted their self-esteem. We fully support Pupil Voice.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) is a unique coalition of organisations and individuals, who work together to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. ABA is hosted by the National Children's Bureau and is part of the NCB Practise and Programmes Team. We understand the importance of providing pupil's with a voice, which is why we are delighted to be supporting pupil voice week 2016!