WE makes doing good, doable—and this is nowhere more evident than at Aldborough Primary School in the London Borough of Redbridge. Two years ago, the school knew nothing of WE’s educational programme, WE Schools. Today, the programme has helped to make doing good a fundamental part of life for pupils and staff alike.
For Susan Mullaney, the dedicated teacher who has pioneered WE Schools at Aldborough, the impact of the programme truly clicked last year, when pupils took action with WE’s WE Scare Hunger campaign. Led by the Pupil Leadership Team, the whole school came together to collect food for their local foodbank in Redbridge.
“Pupils launched the campaign at assembly and, although I was on-hand to help, they didn’t need me. It was a “wow!” moment! They were true leaders and brilliant at explaining the issue,” recalls Susan.
The Pupil Leadership Team were not prepared for what happened next. Following a week-long collection—with a prize for the pupil who collected the most food—the group counted a monumental 982 items! By working together, Aldborough pupils had made an incredible collective impact.
Yet the biggest eyeopener came at the very end of their campaign, when pupils visited Redbridge Foodbank to deliver their donation. Grateful foodbank staff helped to sort the items, telling the group that the food would be on families’ tables in just two weeks’ time.
“Although pupils had learned about foodbanks, our visit helped to make the problem real. Students saw that they have the power to create change! Overall, this builds confidence and raises aspirations,” said Susan.
Changing mindsets and developing new skills doesn’t happen overnight, but the hard work is paying dividends. For Susan, WE Schools is helping pupils to develop as individuals: “I’ve seen our children really engage, where they might not have done before. They want to know more and do more!”
In fact, the positive impact of WE Schools has led Aldborough to introduce a new approach to teaching. Launched in September, every class will be changing the world with a WE Schools campaign, all as part of their core curricular learning.
From the Year 3 pupils who are exploring global water inequality to the Year 4 classes who are raising funds for food poverty with a cake sale, every pupil is determined to make an impact! In Year 6, pupils worked tirelessly to help the homeless, collecting blankets and hats for a local shelter.
On their journey with WE Schools, Aldborough has made the world a better place in hundreds of different ways. With active citizenship a core part of daily life, the school is fostering the next generation of young leaders. And, according to Susan, the impact will last a lifetime: “Pupils are making decisions and acting on their own. It’s true citizenship and I know they will take this into secondary school!”
Aldborough pupils will be celebrating their incredible local and global impacts at WE Day UK on 7 March at The SSE Arena, Wembley.