Tooled Up Education

Preparing for GCSE Exams: How Do I Feel and What Can I Do?

Preparing for important tests is always going to feel daunting for our teens. Nudging them to consider things that will help them to feel prepared can help to lessen nerves and anxiety. This simple reflective sheet can prompt them to unpick where they want to get and what they need to do to get there.

Exam Planner 2023

Now that exam timetables are being published, it’s important to encourage teens to note down the dates and times of their assessments, when they have study leave and their revision schedule. This simple planner will help them to keep track of all the key information that they need in the run up to exam season.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor Suzanne Graham: Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultivating Motivation in Language Learning

In this interview, Suzanne Graham, Professor of Language and Education at the University of Reading, chats to us about the potential benefits of learning foreign languages. She discusses the links between language learning and creativity, talks us through her research into learning foreign languages in both primary and secondary settings and considers how we can motivate young people to engage with and enjoy the challenge. Professor Graham provides information about several fantastic resources for teachers, including free lesson plans and assessment tools.

Bridging the Gap: What Scientists Know and What Parents Practise in Children’s Early Reading Development

Join us for an enlightening discussion about the disconnect between scientific research and parent practices when it comes to children’s early literacy development. Dialogic reading and other evidence-based literacy practices have been widely acclaimed by experts for nearly 30 years, yet many parents are still not implementing these methods at home. We’ll dive into the literary landscape of children’s early literacy development and the crucial role of sensitive parenting during parent-child reading. Through the perspectives of 21 British parents from diverse backgrounds, we’ll explore their views on the best ways to teach children to read. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the gap between research and practice in early literacy and learn how parents, teachers, and scientists can bridge it together.

A Quick Guide to Neurodiversity (and Related Tooled Up Resources)

It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent. There are over 120,000 autistic pupils in England’s schools, of which over 70% are educated in mainstream settings. The term neurodiversity means that brain function naturally differs across the human population and that we all have strengths and challenges as individuals, rather than there being a specific norm that people differentiate from. One of our missions at Tooled Up is to contribute towards reducing stigma and creating a safe and accepting world for neurodivergent people. We’ve put together a quick guide, extracting the most important things that parents need to know from current research, focusing on practical things you can do to help your child if they are neurodivergent and letting you know where you can find more advice and information in the Tooled Up library.

Top Tips for Reducing Anxiety Around Fire

If your child feels high levels of anxiety about fire, in a way that isn’t proportionate to their exposure or level of risk, it’s important to encourage them to work through their fear. Here are some effective tips for helping equip children with the skills to navigate anxious thoughts and adopt positive coping strategies.

Helping Children Who Feel Anxious about Fire: A Webinar with Joanna Foster

Joanna Foster is a leading specialist in the field of child-set fires, working with hundreds of London’s most vulnerable children and families. In this webinar, she talks us through how to manage children’s anxiety around fire and how to create a healthy relationship with it. She outlines useful anxiety-reducing strategies and provides some simple and effective ways of building children’s confidence and self-efficacy around fire safety. We’ve included her top tips as written notes for you to read if you are short of time.

Dr Weston Talks with Dr Verity Jones: Climate Change Education, ‘Eco-Anxiety’ and Fast Fashion

Have you ever considered the impact of the climate crisis on young people or really asked how they feel about the constant barrage of bad news that faces them? In this interview, Dr Weston chats with Dr Verity Jones about sustainable futures and education. They talk through optimal ways to discuss issues around climate change with children and young people and outline the things that young people would find helpful. They also discuss the global impact of fast fashion and how our intimate relationship with clothes can be a great way to open up conversations about issues of sustainability. Dr Jones references a vast number of fantastic resources which teaching staff and parents will find useful.

Practical Strategies for Parents in Supporting Children with Dyslexia

Sometimes, supporting a child with dyslexia can feel confusing. You might feel unsure about what to do or how to approach things for the best. In this webinar, we consult Sarah Cox and Kate King, two practitioners who are adept at working on a 1:1 basis with children, and who can provide both inspiration and ideas for busy parents.

Science in Action: Types of Cloud Quiz

Have you ever wanted to know more about the clouds that fill our sky? Ever wondered what the different shapes and formations signify? Meteorologist David Bowker fills us in on the facts and has created a fun quiz to try with your children.