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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. 

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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

Mistakes and Mattering

What does it feel like to make a mistake? To underdeliver? To make an error when normally we get it ‘right’? To produce something that is not quite as good as we had hoped? When we fall short of our own standards or expectations for ourselves, it can feel really tough. We can beat ourselves up mentally and find it hard to let go, forgive ourselves, pick ourselves up or keep moving forward. And, that’s just the adults.

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Parenting Question of the Month

Hello, as a family, we are thinking of getting our child, aged 11, a smartphone. What are some of the things we need to consider before we do?

First of all, well done considering this important decision ‘as a family’. Buying a first phone for a child can be a financial commitment but, truth be told, it’s also a decision that can impact on all aspects of their lives: mental health, wellbeing, resilience, friendships and even their learning. It is important to think of it as a significant decision which deserves research and reflection. A smartphone isn’t just a phone. Essentially, it is a hand-held computer that, once connected to the internet, can give access to a digital frontier occupied by five billion people.

Researcher of the Month

Dr Abby Russell, Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and NIHR Advanced Fellow at The University of Exeter.

Research Interests

Dr Russell’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, and the role that schools play in preventing, identifying and managing them.

Link to article

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental condition characterised by severe and persistent inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity. It’s known that young people with ADHD tend to have poorer educational and social outcomes than their peers, and so recognising the challenges that they face at school is vital. Along with her colleagues, our Researcher of the Month, Dr Abby Russell has recently published a paper which aims to explore these children’s educational experiences and suggest actionable recommendations for government, schools and families.

Using data from 64 young people with ADHD (20 female and 44 male), the study provides qualitative insights from young people, alongside interviews with 28 parents. Young people and their parents frequently described negative experiences of school. Mainly, these were felt to occur due to a mismatch between the young people’s needs and the support offered in mainstream provision. Interviews showed that negative interpersonal experiences and frustrations seemed to stem from a lack of understanding of ADHD amongst school staff and a lack of appreciation of the support needed to alleviate these children’s difficulties. Their experiences of education seemed to be enhanced in settings which leveraged their strengths through learning that engaged them personally, often related to the young people’s interests and hobbies. Flexibility around their difficulties was found to be key. 

Implications

Dr Russell’s study provides six key recommendations for school staff. To find out more, read the full Researcher of the Month post.

Tooled Up News

Tooled Up’s Head of Research Nominated for ACAMH 2023 Award

Exciting news! It seems apt that in the same week as Research Appreciation Day, our very own Dr Hope Christie has been nominated for the prestigious Eric Taylor ‘Translational Research into Practice’ award. This award recognises individuals with a sustained contribution to translating research into practice over a number of years, whose work involves both research and involvement in either clinical or educational practice.

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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

"So informative, thought-provoking, practical, awesome!"
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South Hill 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"

Dr Johnny Noakes

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

"Thought provoking, deeply engaging and totally relevant to every aspect of my work. Thanks so much for your passion and drive."

Teacher

Stopsley Community Primary School

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