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Schools that are part of our Tooled Up Education community can provide their parents and teachers with access to Dr Weston’s exclusive resources, covering areas such as aspiration, resilience, mental health and behaviour.

As a member of the Tooled Up community you will have access to a whole host of evidence-based resources, which will enable you to support your children or students in a way that makes their lives and educational journeys both easier and more enjoyable. 

Dr Weston's Wednesday Wisdom

In an ever increasingly busy and demanding world, Wednesday Wisdom provides a reflective 2 minute read every week that readers constantly tell us they look forward to. Full of topical and relatable experiences that help provide reflection, motivation and support in achieving a balanced family life.

Over the years, thousands of people have benefitted from and continue to enjoy the parenting and educational talks from Dr Kathy Weston at Tooled up Education and have subscribed to Wednesday Wisdom. Join them now for free and receive your own weekly digest of inspiring, engaging and mindful parenting directly from Dr Weston herself.

“I just wanted to say how grateful I am to read your Wednesday Wisdom email. Perfect size for the time I have to engage and reflect and think about the topics you touch on. It helps me to evaluate my parenting and take a step back to look at scenarios that play out.”

Parent – October 2020

Deciding What’s Best

‘Tis the season of mellow fruitfulness and… prospective school tours. Typically, they have been held online over the last year, but many schools are reactivating tours in person. My youngest was roped into showing interested parents around his school last weekend. “What questions did parents ask you?”, I enquired. “Whether I liked it here”, he replied. “Did the children ask you questions?”, I added. “Yes! They asked about the food and football”. So, what questions should parents be asking? And, how can children judge whether or not a school is really for them?

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Top Parenting Question of the Week

My son is in year two of senior school, after starting a new school in year 5. He was just settling into year 6 when lockdown began and, since then, he’s not really been able to get himself fully going again. Last night he revealed that he’s often left out of groups or feels that he can’t join in. He’s not sporty and needs to be forced to go to the after school sports clubs, causing more anxiety. What can I do to help?

It is always gut-wrenching for parents to hear our children’s disgruntlement and upset about feeling unsettled or not fitting in. First of all, full credit to you for the fact that your son did open up and tell you how he is feeling. The fact that he did so means that he feels able to explain his feelings and expects a supportive and positive response. As you have identified in your email, there is little doubt that, for some children, lockdown has had a negative impact on their social skills. Settling into school life takes time and months of remote learning has contributed to children feeling somewhat set back in their friendships. They have missed out on thousands of interactions with peers, and participation in routine activities was difficult for a prolonged period.

Our Promise: We will answer all questions, and, whilst we may share your question and answer to help others, we will never declare who asked it.

Researcher of the Month

Nora Trompeter, PhD student at Macquarie University, Australia

University
Macquarie University, Australia

Research Interests
Nora Trompeter is a current PhD candidate within the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University. Her research is focused on understanding how eating disorders develop in adolescents. Specifically, she investigates factors that may improve early intervention and prevention methods.

Link to Article

In this paper, published in August, PhD student, Nora Trompeter, sought to quantify how teenagers receiving treatment for an eating disorder (the clinical sample) differed in terms of symptoms and psychological distress when compared to teenagers with eating disorder symptoms who were not undergoing treatment (a large community sample). Most eating disorders begin during adolescence, yet only 10%–25% of teens receive appropriate treatment. Identifying distinguishing factors between teens who are in treatment and those who are not could help to inform strategies designed to aid early intervention.

Teens undergoing treatment were more likely to have a lower BMI, more frequent purging and higher weight/shape concerns. Their disordered eating symptoms tended to be more severe. However, the levels of psychological distress experienced were similar across both groups, regardless of the severity of the eating disorder. Problematic exercise habits (driven exercise) were more common in the group of teens who were not having treatment. 

This paper highlights the fact that teens only seem to be accessing and receiving treatment when their symptoms become more severe. There is a need for greater mental health literacy around eating disorders, in order to increase early detection among teenagers.

Implications

Implications for parents – Nora notes that whether or not teens seek treatment often depends on the actions of their parents. Parents should familiarise themselves with the wide range of symptoms associated with eating disorders – not only a low BMI. Notice any shifts in your children’s attitudes to food and exercise, and consider their behavioural motivations. Look out for any rigid patterns or rules around eating. Seek medical advice if you notice anything concerning.

Implications for schools – The promotion of mental health literacy is crucial. Ensure that your setting promotes open conversations about mental health. Focus conversations about the body on function, rather than appearance.

Our Clinical Partners

We take pride in working in close collaboration with some outstanding clinical professionals who are leaders in their fields. We only signpost parents and carers to those that share our commitment to evidence-based approaches.

Mrs Pauline Riley-Hunte
Consultant Chartered Clinical and Child Psychologist.

Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a ‘Registered Psychologist’ with the UK Health Care Professions Council ( HCPC) and a certified member of the Allied Paramedical Board, Barbados.

Mr Will Napier
Chartered Counselling Psychologist (C Psychol)

Chartered Counselling Psychologist (C Psychol), Post-Masters Certificate in Counselling Psychology (PGCert Couns Psych), Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology (MSc, Couns. Psych), Cognitive Science (First Class) (BSc Hons) and Theology MA (First Class, Oxford University)

Tooled Up News

Hot off the press! The results are in

The Tooled Up team have just returned from the IAPS National Conference in Bournemouth where our founder, Dr Weston, presented a keynote speech on the findings of a staff survey that was jointly commissioned by IAPS and Tooled Up. The survey provided a snapshot of how staff were feeling during a particular period of time back in May (13-31st 2021). Fourteen months into the pandemic, 86 questions explored the following areas

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Celebrating a summer of play

Our Researcher of the Month, Professor Helen Dodd, has recently launched a new campaign called #SummerOfPlay, which Tooled Up Education is pleased to support. The Summer of Play campaign, coordinated by Playfirst UK, Save the Children, Play England, Play Scotland, Play Wales, Playboard Northern Ireland, and others, is appealing for a major national effort to get children playing this summer, in order to bolster wellbeing and reduce the risk of any long-term impact on children’s development as a result of recent lockdowns. 

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