Good School Toolkit
The Good School Toolkit is a methodology created to help educators and students explore what makes a healthy, vibrant, and positive school and guide them through a process to create their vision. It deliberately focuses on ideas and activities that do not require dedicated financial resources—just commitment and perseverance to create something extraordinary.
In a Raising Voices’ study conducted in 2005 in Uganda, over 60% of children interviewed said they experienced violence at school on a regular basis. To address this urgent issue, we developed The Good School Toolkit, a holistic and sustainable methodology for creating violence-free schools. The Good School Toolkit was developed with the help of schools in Uganda and has been revised once in order to better meet the needs of teachers and students.
“This toolkit teaches me that positive discipline comes from inside. I have clear goals, I work hard and I think of new ways of solving the old problems and to believe in myself.”
– Primary School Student
How the Good School Toolkit Works
The Good School Toolkit has four interrelated objectives that address:
- Development of a collective vision for the school.
- Creation of a nurturing learning environment.
- Implementation of a more progressive learning methodology.
- Strengthening school governance.
The Toolkit is designed to be systematic and child-friendly in its approach. It contains six steps that are designed to take a school through a process of growth that mirrors the stages of behavior change. This enables key stakeholders to experience change in a manageable and natural way.
The Toolkit comes in three packages.
- The Introductory Package introduces you to the Good School Toolkit and provides the necessary tools to inform your decision to embark upon the journey to creating a Good School
- Package Two assists educators in preparing a team of community members who are dedicated to joining you on the journey to creating a Good School and explores what it means to be a good teacher.
- Package Three addresses discipline and helps educators to establish a school culture and disciplinary methods that support positive discipline instead of corporal punishment. It also provides steps to think about the future, plan for the way forward, and measure and celebrate your success!
- Includes child-friendly and inspiring learning materials such as posters and cartoon booklets.
Good School Toolkit Study
The Good School Toolkit Study was a collaboration between Raising Voices, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Makerere University to investigate the efficacy of the Toolkit in Ugandan schools.
A Bold Question
What does it take to prevent violence against children in school? We hypothesized that interventions must be systematic, holistic and led by the schools themselves.
The Good School Toolkit Study was a randomized controlled trial conducted with 42 schools in the Luwero district of Uganda. The primary outcome of the study is the reduction in physical violence against children. The baseline was conducted in 2012 and the follow up was done in 2014.
Results published in the Lancet Global Health indicate that the Good Schools approach reduces violence against children. Key findings include:
- In intervention schools, the Toolkit reduced the risk of physical violence by teachers and school staff against children by 42% (in the space of 18 months).
- In intervention schools, 50% fewer teachers (compared to control) report using physical violence against students.
- The Toolkit promoted students’ identification with their school, as well as their sense of safety and belonging at school.
Learn more about the Good School Study:
Popular Report: Is Violence against Children Preventable? Findings from the Good School Study summarized for general audiences. The Good School Study, a randomized controlled trial had four components: a quantitative survey, a qualitative study, a process evaluation and cost effectiveness analysis. This report summarizes findings published in more than 17 peer reviewed publications on how the Good School Toolkit works, its impact on the level of violence against children at school, and pathways through which the effect might be emerging.
To read the paper click here.
To read the Good School FAQ, click here.
To read the Good School info sheet, click here.
To read the Good School press release, click here.
To learn about or download the Good School Toolkit, click here.
To watch videos about the Toolkit, click here.
Good School Toolkit Adaptations
To understand the violence that happens in secondary schools, in 2015-2016, Raising Voices collaborated with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and conducted a cross-sectional survey with 500 students in two secondary schools. Secondary school students reported higher levels of peer violence than primary school students, girls reported higher levels of sexual violence from teachers and peers, than boys, and students reported high levels of physical violence from teachers and high levels of emotional violence from peers.
To respond to the unique context and patterns of violence reported in secondary schools, some content was enhanced to address the specific needs of the secondary school students, for example, we added modules on Power, Peer Violence, Gender, and Leadership and more student-led activities.
Currently Good School Toolkit Secondary is being piloted in two secondary schools to test uptake, acceptability, resonance, and quality of implementation. The pilot trial will help us refine the Good School Toolkit Secondary, and we are planning a Randomized Control Trial in 8 secondary schools to assess the effectiveness of the Good School Toolkit Secondary in 2020.
The Good School Toolkit is also being translated and adapted for use in Tanzania by HakiElimu.
Are you interested in adapting or expanding Raising Voices methodologies in your community? Contact us!