Tooled Up Education

Exciting Books for 11-13 Year Olds

There will be something in this list of exciting and adventurous books to attract even the most reluctant reader. Featuring everything from classics, new releases, spy thrillers and fantasy adventures, take a look and challenge your child to see how many they can read.

Why Won’t My Child ‘Open Up’?

All loving parents want their children to talk to them about how they are feeling and the things that are going on in their lives, but it’s not always easy to get them to open up. In this video, Dr Weston explores some reasons why your child might find checking in with you a bit tricky and provides some simple strategies which can help to make these conversations feel easier for you both.

The Normalisation of Mistakes in Family Life (and Why it Matters)

Normalising mistakes in family life is crucial in building children’s resilience and giving them the confidence to give things a go, even when they might not get them right the first time. After all, the greatest innovators and inventors in the world made countless mistakes on the road to creating something magnificent. Find out why it’s so important to ensure that, in your household, mistakes are seen as a normal part of learning, innovation and effort.

My Wellbeing Journal

We have designed this journal for your teens to fill in over a 14 day period. It aims to encourage them to reflect on their experiences and achievements and build resilience. It provides prompts that can help them to develop and maintain a positive mindset and improve wellbeing.

20 Scientific Questions to Discuss with Curious Teens Around the Dinner Table

Dinnertime is the perfect opportunity to spark interesting family conversations. Here are 20 scientific topics to discuss with teenagers around the table (or anywhere else you choose). Use the question prompts to get them thinking. Factual answers are provided, but quite a few of the questions have no right or wrong response and will simply encourage a stimulating debate.

They Love Me, They Love Me Not

This resource will help parents to open up conversations with their tweens and teens about healthy versus unhealthy relationships. Cut the statements out and pop them in a bowl. Use each prompt to initiate chats about relationships; exploring views, sharing personal experiences and encouraging rich family discussion. It might be you only make it through one or two points (there is plenty of food for thought!).

30 Things You Might Say to Teachers at Parents’ Evening

We don’t often get a chance to chat to our children’s teachers about their progress, attitude and work, so we need to make the most of parents’ evenings. Preparing some questions in advance can help you to focus on the things you really want to know, in the limited time available. This list of questions should give you plenty of ideas to consider.