Tooled Up Education

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.

Researcher of the Month: Is Heavy Gaming Detrimental to Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing? Dr Simona Skripkauskaite Fills Us In

Should we worry if our teens spend hours a day gaming? New research shows that for the majority of teens, heavy gaming is not detrimental to their wellbeing and might even have a positive relationship with it. However, it also shows that there are a small number of teens for whom heavy gaming is associated with poor wellbeing. Dr Simona Skripkauskaite, our Researcher of the Month for February 2023, chats to us about her new study and what these findings mean for parents.

Let’s Connect for Children’s Mental Health Week

Connections with others – friends, family, teachers and even people we chat to in passing, such as neighbours or the person working in the local shop, are vital for our wellbeing. Without these connections, we can feel lonely or isolated, which can make us feel down. Thinking about how we connect with others and other ways to improve our wellbeing are important. Here are a few things that are worth considering.

Researcher of the Month: Dr Cele Richardson Explores How Parental Warmth Influences Teens’ Sleep

Researcher of the month, Dr Cele Richardson, discusses her 2022 study, which shows that when parents have a warmer relationship with their teens, teens tend to have better sleep hygiene practices, sleep for longer at night and feel less sleepy during the day. Lack of sleep can have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many teenagers. As parents, we are ideally placed to help them form good and healthy habits. Learn more about the impact we can have in this fascinating interview.

Thought-Provoking Slides to Use at Form Time

Featuring slides on various topics including sleep, anxiety, physical activity, body image, being in nature, social media and the importance of breakfast, this series of slides can be used during form time or PSHE to prompt older teens to discuss various issues impacting on the wellbeing of young people. Each topic contains some thought provoking statistics and facts, along with a set of questions to initiate class discussion.

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.