Tooled Up Education

Tackling Prejudice: Schools and Parents Working Together

Bennie Kara is a deputy headteacher in the East Midlands, specialising in curriculum, teaching and learning. She is an award-winning speaker, writer and trainer on diversity in schools and the curriculum, co-founder of Diverse Educators and a professional associate at Leeds Beckett University. This webinar aims to provide parents with information about how best to speak to their child about prejudice and how to support children if they are experiencing any prejudice at school from their peers.

Autism Conference Talk: An Educators’ Guide to Autism and Gender Dysphoria

Join Dr Kate Cooper for a deep dive into the intersection of autism and gender dysphoria. Watch this webinar for an understanding of how challenges with communication, dealing with change, and identity can affect an autistic young person experiencing gender dysphoria. There are lots of practical tips for support: how to approach this with kindness and curiosity, and how to empower parents in helping their children.

Professor Tamsin Ford Answers All of Your Questions

Leading psychiatrist, Professor Tamsin Ford, joins us to answer your top questions about anything and everything related to raising children. This open and honest interview draws on both Professor Ford’s expertise and her personal experiences and covers topics as diverse as aspiration, the school assessment system, adoption and gender. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Dr Weston Talks with Bennie Kara: Embracing and Valuing Diversity in Schools

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Bennie Kara, deputy headteacher, author and speaker on diversity in the curriculum and school environment. Bennie shares her wealth of expertise on how schools can build an inclusive school culture, talks about the importance of language and outlines some key terminology that all educators and parents should be aware of.

Researcher of the Month: Dr Susie Bower-Brown Discusses the School Experiences of Gender-Diverse Teens

Researcher of the Month, Dr Susie Bower-Brown, discusses her research into the experiences of binary-trans, non-binary and gender-questioning young people in UK schools. Her work uncovers various ways in which these teens who identify in this way often feel invisible or discriminated against. Listen for her thoughts on how schools can best support these young people and improve their mental health outcomes.

Supporting Your Child to Step Away From and Challenge Harmful Talk in Their Peer Group

We’ve joined forces with Dr Elly Hanson to bring you some top tips, straight from the evidence-base, on how to help your child challenge harmful talk and bigotry and what they can do to avoid it. It also includes advice on what you can do if you find that your child is engaging in conversations or using language that denigrates various groups of people.

List of LGBTQ+ Terms

Talking about sexual orientation and gender identity with young people might feel daunting for some parents and educators. Having a good understanding of the terminology will help to make conversations a little easier. We’ve put together a glossary of terms that might be useful. It’s our aim to be inclusive of all identities, so if you think we’ve missed anything important out, please let us know.

Sources of Support for LGBTQ+ Teens

If your child is LGBTQ+ and needs support, here are some great services that can help. Many of them offer assistance to family members too.