Tooled Up Education

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.

Everyone Gets Stage Fright: A Chat with Dr Anna Colton

Stage fright… everyone gets it. Whether it’s worrying about going on stage, feeling anxious about giving a presentation, nerves before a test or talking to someone in a shop or restaurant. In this webinar, clinical psychologist, Dr Anna Colton, talks us through performance anxiety, exploring how universal this experience is, before going on to provide numerous, practical strategies that can help children, young people and adults. This webinar is great for parents, educators and can also be watched with young people themselves.

Visiting the Dentist: A Video for Children

This video is designed for parents to watch with their young children, particularly when the child feels worried or anxious about having their teeth checked, or is visiting the dentist for the first time. It takes children through an actual dental consultation, all the way from entering the building and talking to the receptionist to saying goodbye and (maybe) getting a sticker. On the way, we explore what happens during the check-up and explain why the dentist uses certain tools. It even features a fun quiz!

A Quick Guide to Anxiety (and Relevant Tooled Up Resources)

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems in adolescents. We know that 7-8% of children in the UK meet diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder, with prevalence increasing as they get older, and that it’s more common in teenage girls than teenage boys. 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 children navigate anxiety generally and letting you know where you can find more advice and information in the Tooled Up library.

How Does Speaking in Front of Others Make Me Feel?

The ability to speak well in front of an audience is an amazing skill to develop. But it can also feel very scary, especially if you haven’t had much experience. This activity can help nervous young people to reflect on how they feel about speaking in front of others and identify some things that might help them to feel more prepared and confident.

Multidimensional Test Anxiety Scale (MTAS)

This short questionnaire, devised by Professor David Putwain and colleagues, was developed to measure test or examination anxiety in populations of secondary school students, aged 11 to 19 years. It is intended for use by school practitioners (such as teachers, school pastoral and support staff, educational and school psychologists, and school counsellors) and others who wish to identify highly test anxious students who may benefit from support or intervention, or to evaluate changes in test anxiety before and after intervention.