Tooled Up Education

The Specificities of Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages in the Primary Years

In this webinar for Tooled Up school staff, Professor Florence Myles examines how primary-aged children learn foreign languages and how different the process is from older children and adults, before moving onto pedagogical implications. She addresses whether or not young children are quicker at learning languages, whether younger children are more motivated than older children and what drives their motivation. She also outlines how learning foreign languages is linked to cognitive, emotional and social development in this age group and finishes by presenting the work of her research group RiPL (Research in Primary Languages) and explaining how to access its varied resources.

Dr Christie talks with Professor Johan Korhonen: Math Anxiety and Math Performance

In this interview, Professor Johan Korhonen talks with us about math anxiety and its role on math performance. Find out about why math anxiety may develop in children, what are the early signs of math anxiety, and how it may impact future educational aspirations. Professor Korhonen provides a number of insights into strategies both parents and teachers can implement immediately at home and at school to ease math anxiety in children.

Researcher of the Month: Professor Beatriz Ilari Discusses the Impact of Music on Young People’s Development

Researcher of the month, Professor Beatriz Ilari chats to us about how music has a wide-ranging impact on young people’s social and emotional development. We might assume that being ‘musical’ means playing an instrument, but Professor Ilari stresses the importance of everyday musical experiences and simply of listening to and engaging with our favourite bands or songs. In this interview, we find out more about her fascinating work.

Autism Conference – Watch The Whole Day!

Learn how to support autistic young people in your school with our autism conference, bursting at the seams with positive and practical tips. Over six hours of content included (we have also included each talk as individual videos on our website if you would rather watch them separately).

Dr Christie Talks with Professor Courtenay Norbury: Understanding Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

In this interview, Professor Courtenay Norbury talks with us about developmental language disorder (DLD), which she describes as a ‘chronically understudied’ topic. Find out about early signs and what impact it might have on children and young people’s development. Professor Norbury provides numerous practical strategies for both parents to use at home and teachers to try in the classroom to help children with DLD have as good outcomes as possible.

Dr Christie Talks with Dr Marina Bazhydai: Probing the Space of the Possible – Children’s Curiosity, Wonder and Creativity

In this interview, we talk with Dr Marina Bazhydai, Director of the Active Learning Lab (ALL) at Lancaster University, about nurturing children’s sense of curiosity, wonder and creativity. We learn about her innovative and fascinating work which investigates active exploration and curiosity in very young children, find out more about the links between creativity and emotional literacy and discover how she is seeking to pinpoint the elusive concept of wonder. This is a great listen if you are keen to learn how to cultivate curiosity and innovative thinking in your child (or the children in your care).

Speech and Language Awareness with Monal Gajjar

The ability to communicate is a wonderful thing as much as it is a necessary skill. When we take a moment to think about all the aspects of communication, we begin to realise that it involves a complex combination of several processes, including thinking, navigating your tongue, lips and vocal cords, retrieving words, applying grammatical rules, and so much more! Have you ever wondered how our children pick up these skills and if there is a developmental order in which they do this? This webinar aims to share how speech and language skills develop in the early stages of life. We will explore the difference between ‘speech’ and ‘language’, ‘delay’ and ‘disorder, and will discuss things that you can do to help the development of your child’s communication skills.

Autism Conference Bonus Talk: Neurodiversity in Early Childhood

How can we celebrate neurodiversity and empower children in their early years? Join ADHD and autism early childhood specialist Kerry Murphy for a presentation on how we can identify our (usually unconscious) ableist assumptions and start to replace them with neurodivergent-led practices. For example, how to incorporate a child’s special interests or stimming to help them feel safe and happy.