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"We help you equip children psychologically for early adulthood and beyond"
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The home of evidence-based resources on all aspects of parenting, education and family life

Organisation that are part of our Tooled Up Education community can provide their parents and teachers with access to Dr Weston’s exclusive resources, covering areas such as aspiration, resilience, mental health and behaviour.

As a member of the Tooled Up community you will have access to a whole host of evidence-based resources, which will enable you to support your children or students in a way that makes their lives and educational journeys both easier and more enjoyable. 

Check if you belong to a Tooled Up Organisation

Dr Weston's Wednesday Wisdom

In an ever increasingly busy and demanding world, Wednesday Wisdom provides a reflective 2 minute read every week that readers constantly tell us they look forward to. Full of topical and relatable experiences that help provide reflection, motivation and support in achieving a balanced family life.

Over the years, thousands of people have benefitted from, and continue to enjoy, the parenting and educational talks from Dr Kathy Weston at Tooled Up Education and have subscribed to Wednesday Wisdom. Join now for free to get your own weekly digest of motivating, interesting, and thoughtful parenting advice from Dr Weston herself.

“I just wanted to say how grateful I am to read your Wednesday Wisdom email. Perfect size for the time I have to engage and reflect and think about the topics you touch on. It helps me to evaluate my parenting and take a step back to look at scenarios that play out.”

Parent – October 2020

Moving On Up

Eight. That’s the number of days my daughter has remaining until her primary school education is completed. It’s also how many days I have left of the school drop off, before she joins her older brother on the bus to high school. It’s no longer strictly necessary for me to accompany her, but I like to anyway, when I can, for the routine of a short walk and quick chat with friends and familiar faces. After all, as a family, we’ve been doing it for the last 10 years.

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Parenting Question of the Month

Hi Tooled Up! My son’s school has decided to mix up classes in September. There will also be girls joining for the first time and I am not sure what to say to him about that. I am very concerned about all the changes. Should I be? And how can I best support him?

Firstly, it is normal to worry about changes that lie ahead for our children and to worry about their ability to cope. You aren’t alone. The start of a new academic year is always full of changes to school life. New classrooms perhaps? Timetables? Teachers, pupils, curricula, canteen menus? You sound like you are holding a lot of anticipatory anxiety about the changes that are forthcoming. These changes have likely been explained to you by the school, and perhaps you still feel fearful?

Researcher of the Month

Dr Kasia Kostyrka-Allchorne, Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Queen Mary University of London

Research Interests

Dr Kasia Kostyrka-Allchorne researches the risks and opportunities of growing up in a digital world.

Find Dr Kostyrka-Allchorne’s research here

Over the last decade, digital developments have led to major changes in the ways that teens learn, work, play and interact with others. Coincident with this change, adolescent mental health problems have also increased in prevalence. It is therefore no surprise that much research has focused on the relationship between digital experiences and adolescent mental health. However, comparatively few studies have directly compared the experiences of teens with mental health conditions meaning that some key questions remain unanswered. In a recent paper, our Researcher of the Month, Dr Kasia Kostyrka-Allchorne, and her colleagues, explore what the evidence shows about the digital experiences of teens with clinically significant mental health vulnerabilities.

Dr Kostyrka-Allchorne’s systematic review of the existing evidence focuses on the digital experiences of young people with four specific ‘clinically significant’ mental health difficulties: anxiety, depression, eating problems and non-suicidal self‐harm. The research team found that teens with mental health vulnerabilities engage with the digital environment in some specific ways and identified several nuanced themes. Whilst some online behaviours appear to be largely universal throughout the teen population, others may be more common in young people with clinical levels of mental health problems. In line with the idea of a triple-edged sword, digital engagement could have both positive and negative outcomes. 

Implications

To find out more about the implications of Dr Kostyrka-Allchorne’s research, read our full Researcher of the Month article. Tooled Up subscribers can also tune in to our interview with Dr West and read the accompanying notes.

Tooled Up News

#InspireInclusion: Celebrating International Women’s Day

You are probably already aware that it’s International Women’s Day today. This year’s theme is #InspireInclusion and the event focuses on celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness about discrimination and taking action to drive gender parity. Working as part of a small (but growing) team of fantastic women (and men), these are things that we are passionate about at Tooled Up, and we have plenty of resources for the Tooled Up community which will help to break down stereotypes and recognise the successes of some remarkable women.

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Testimonials

"I thought the talk last night was absolutely fantastic. It really helped us to have a vision and how we can support [Child] to develop his resilience."
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Yarm School

"So informative - lots of food for thought as a teacher and a parent of two girls. Thank you."
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Merchant Taylor's School

"Thank you so much for such a wonderful Q&A, it was so informative and rich with information. I am certain our parent community will use all these resources!"
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St. Catherine's British School

"Expert and engaging, Kathy gives rich, evidence-based guidance. You will come away inspired and empowered"

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Eton College

"It is no exaggeration to say that Dr Weston’s input into our pastoral programme has been transformational. Her presentation to more than two hundred staff was the most inspirational – and practical – training we have received on how to support adolescents through the changes of the teenage years."

Headmistress

Francis Holland School

"Kathy’s talk was engaging, interesting and highly informative throughout. She balanced factual information with personal advice and practical tips to ensure that the talk was relevant and accessible from the outset."

Head Teacher

Sarum Hall School

"Just to say you are amazing at what you do.. really really informative and helpful to parents and can’t recommend tooled up highly enough!"

Teacher

Davenies School

"I just wanted to say that it was great to meet you yesterday. Thank you so much for giving such an impressive and insightful talk. We have had lots of positive comments today about it. You struck just the right tone, and I know that the advice will have been invaluable to so many of our parents. It’s such a vital and important message and we are very grateful to you for sharing your knowledge and insights."

Teacher

Highgate School

"I’d like to just say that I found the Tooled Up parent launch talk to be content-rich, super relevant, and exceptionally (I mean, the best I’ve seen) professional in terms of delivery."

Parent

Francis Holland School

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