Transforming learning using the platform Tootoot
(Use your Voice)
In September 2018 Woolston Brook SLT nominated the Tootoot Scheme
-Use your voice to pilot pupil/parent voice within our school. Woolston Brook School used pupil voice week to introduce the new initiatives.
Session One: An Introduction to Pupil Voice Week
Aim – To use Your Voice!
Pupil Voice Week 2018’s theme was ‘Use Your Voice’. Woolston Brook School wanted to encourage pupils to think about all the positive things they can use their voice for. We encouraged all our pupils to share with us how they would use their voice to impact their learning.
SLT discussed a fresh approach on identity for all of its pupils. A discussion with staff highlighted a new outlook for the school but also a need for belonging, unity and identity.
Key stage meetings took place where each child had the opportunity to use their voice in regards to a new facelift in the school identity: Voting towards a new uniform style, Colour, logo and policy that was based on our school ethos: Trust, Engage, Involve, Achieve.
Activity – Class Debate
In keeping with this year’s theme Woolston brook School built a task that would give our pupils the prefect opportunity to use their voices!
Woolston Brook dedicated nurture sessions for class debates on Identity, belonging and safety and each discussion was tailored around Ready to learn, Being Respectful and Safe.
Activity – Class Motto and Shield
How will Woolston Brook pupils use their voices positively this year? A school motto tasks helps pupils come together as a group and decide together! Woolston Brook dedicated Nurture session to which every pupil had the opportunity to design a new logo for the school.
Woolston Brook used their Pupil Voice poster pack and displayed it around the school to raise awareness of Pupil Voice and the theme Use Your Voice. We nominated School Council representatives in all key stages to represent pupil voice. With the additional focus of a Parental nomination.
Pupil Voice Week Assembly – Anti Bullying
Pupil Voice assemblies introduced the topic of bullying and the impact it can have on pupils, it informed pupils that using their voice positively is always best. Woolston Brook School celebrated two weeks focussed on the theme-Choose Respect.
Pupil Voice Assembly – Positive Communities
Our assembly discussed with pupils the communities they are part of, and explored how they could use their voices to be a positive influence within them. Woolston Brook designed (with the assistance of the local communities, parents and agencies) A Community Art Garden Project. This involved the following:
- Journey of light exhibition
- Soup Kitchen
- Wall of reflection
- Graffiti Art
- Statue of contemplation
- Woolston Brook Anti Bullying song
- Community barbeque built
- Mindfulness therapy
Task – Be an Upstander
eCadets Pupil Voice helped pupils explore ways that they could use their voice positively to be an upstander during negative situations such as bullying. Woolston Brook nominated from each key stage a buddy that pupils go to if the need arises.
eAWARE’s positive communication taught pupils how to positively interact with people in the real world and online. In addition to this Woolston Brook took part in Cyber Awareness day. Pupils discussed the dangers of online gaming with MGL. Pupils designed a comic life reflecting the importance of cyber safety. To mirror this message- NSPPC Stay Safe program visited school and gave a talk on keeping Safe.
End of Autumn Term
Certificates were given to pupils so that they can proudly show their participated in Pupil Voice Activities.
Spring Term Action:
- Buddy station ks2, ks3 ks4 (Hot choc Mondays)
- Parent Council representative
- School Council votes