Tooled Up Education

Being Tooled Up: 10 Benefits for School Staff

If you are new to Tooled Up, take a quick peek at these 10 key benefits that you really need to know about! If you like, you can download and print the file to share with other staff members or pop in the staffroom.

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

In terms of usage among young people, ketamine comes just below nitrous oxide in survey data gathered from 15-18 year olds by drugs
education charity the DSM Foundation, with just under a third of respondents saying that they feel it is used by their peers. This quick guide, developed in conjunction with the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about ketamine, as well as signposting to further sources of information.

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

A music festival is about so much more than the headline act. It’s an immersive event that feels a million miles away from everyday life – and for parents, a daunting prospect if their teenager announces it as their next big plan! This quick guide, developed in conjunction with drugs education charity the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about festivals, as well as signposting to further sources of information. Please note that legal information and some of the services referenced are applicable to the UK and rules for other countries may differ.

A Quick Guide to Alcohol in Social Contexts (and Relevant Tooled Up Resources)

Teenage parties can be a difficult prospect for parents and carers. As children get older, pass the parcel and musical statues often give way to film nights and sleepovers, and the refreshments move on too, with many teens asking whether alcohol can be provided. This quick guide, developed in conjunction with drugs education charity the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about alcohol within the context of social situations, as well as signposting to further sources of information. Please note that the information in this Quick Guide refers to UK guidance and law, and may be different in other locations. However, advice on how to talk to young people is equally applicable wherever you live.

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

Alcohol is so much part of UK culture that most people don’t regard it as a drug. But given that the widely accepted definition of a drug is “a substance that has a physiological effect when introduced to the body”, alcohol most definitely is, and an incredibly common one at that. This quick guide, developed in conjunction with drugs education charity the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about alcohol, as well as signposting to further sources of information. Please note that the information in this Quick Guide refers to UK guidance and law, and may be different in other locations. However, advice on how to talk to young people is equally applicable wherever you live.

A Quick Guide to Nitrous Oxide (And Relevant Tooled Up Resources)

Nitrous oxide is the third most commonly used drug, according to NHS data, and laughing gas – as it is sometimes called – never seems far from the headlines. But the lighthearted nickname belies the harm this drug can cause. This quick guide, developed in conjunction with drugs education charity the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about nitrous oxide, as well as signposting to further sources of information.

An A-Z of Frequently Asked Parenting Questions and How Tooled Up Can Help

The Tooled Up library covers numerous different subjects relating to parenting and education. Our content ranges from articles and interviews about connecting with nature and children’s relationship with fire, to quizzes about clouds and James Bond. But there are some subjects that we are asked about very frequently. We want to make sure that you know exactly where to find the answers to all of these common questions. Hopefully this A-Z will help you to locate what you need in the library. Some of the topics on this list are relevant to children and young people of particular ages or developmental stages. Others are more universal. We could have included many more questions, but we wanted to give you a good snapshot of exactly what we can offer. Enjoy!

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

Cannabis is the illegal drug that young people are most likely to experience, according to NHS data. Yet it poses many problems, from misconceptions about its effects and risks, to the potential for harms, both immediate and longer-term. This quick guide, developed in conjunction with drugs education charity the DSM Foundation, covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about cannabis, as well as signposting to further sources of information.

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

Teenage vaping should be a non-issue, given it has been illegal to sell e-cigarettes or e-liquids to under 18s since 2015. Yet data from drugs education charity the DSM Foundation puts awareness of vaping among 15-18 year olds at a comparable level to alcohol, and this trend is mirrored in younger age groups according to research conducted by the NHS. This quick guide covers the most important things that parents and carers need to know about vaping, as well as signposting to further sources of information within Tooled Up and elsewhere.