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Following a Suicide or Sudden Death
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday 10th September, we are proud to have published a resource for schools, written in collaboration with suicide prevention charity, The OLLIE Foundation. This comprehensive guide will provide leadership teams in schools and other educational settings with the detailed guidance needed to coordinate an appropriate, helpful and safe response following the tragic event of a suicide or sudden death in their community.
This invaluable resource is available for free. Simply click the button below to view and download the PDF.
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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 now for free to get your own weekly digest of motivating, interesting, and thoughtful parenting advice 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
There is a lot going on in the world and our perspectives (whether we like it or not) are shaped by the news media that we read and hear and the extent to which things resonate in our own lives. In the last week, you’ve likely seen a number of issues which might have stopped you in your parenting tracks and left you puzzled over how best to respond.
Parenting Question of the Week
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Researcher of the Month
Professor David S. Yeager, Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
Professor Yeager is interested in understanding the processes shaping adolescent development, especially how social cognitive factors interact with structural and physiological factors to create positive or negative trajectories for youth. He is also interested in learning how to influence these psychological processes, so as to improve developmental and educational outcomes for youth.
Growth mindset interventions have received a great deal of attention in schools and among researchers; in part because they tend to be short, scalable and easy to apply. Research shows that when growth mindset beliefs are put into practice, they can improve young people’s outcomes months, and even years, later. However, few studies have considered the impact of teachers’ mindsets on the children in their class. In this new paper, our Researcher of the Month, Professor David S. Yeager, considers whether students can independently implement their growth mindsets in virtually any classroom culture, or if their growth mindsets need to be supported by their teachers’ own growth mindsets.
Professor Yeager’s study hypothesises that growth and fixed mindset beliefs might influence teachers’ attitudes and classroom practices, and impact on students’ application of growth mindset interventions. They speculate that teachers with a growth mindset might present mistakes as learning opportunities and reinforce this with assignments and evaluations that reward continual improvement. In contrast, teachers with a fixed mindset might suggest that only some students have the talent to get an A or say, for example, that not everyone is a “maths person”. This could discourage students from asking questions or revealing confusion.
They analysed data from the National Study of Learning Mindsets – an intervention experiment conducted in the US, with a large, nationally representative sample of 9167 14-15 year old students and their 223 maths teachers. Results showed that providing students with a growth mindset intervention resulted in more growth mindset beliefs. However, whilst students in classrooms with growth mindset teachers made meaningful gains in their maths grades, students in classrooms with fixed mindset teachers did not.
“This finding suggests that students cannot simply carry their newly enhanced growth mindset to any environment and implement it there. Rather, the classroom environment needs to support, or at least permit, the mindset by providing necessary affordances.”
The key takeaway for all teaching staff from Professor Yeager’s paper is that supportive classroom contexts matter. For growth mindset interventions to be impactful, attention also needs to be paid to the messages that teachers present about ability, learning and mistake-making.
Tooled Up News
Is your teen working towards their GCSEs? Macbeth is a key GCSE text for many of our teens and we are extremely excited to share the arrival of our new Supporting Macbeth resources for our Tooled Up community. These are revision resources for Macbeth written with parental engagement and home study in mind.
Given that World Kindness Day was celebrated earlier this month, on November 13th, now seems a good time to talk about the results of a very large and exciting public science project. The Kindness Test was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 in conjunction with a team from the University of Sussex, led by our brilliant former podcast guest, Professor Robin Banerjee. A whopping 60,000 people aged 18-99, from 144 different countries filled out the online questionnaire, making it the world’s largest in-depth study on kindness to date.
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Merchant Taylor's School
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South Hill School
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful Q&A, it was so informative and rich with information. I am certain our parent community will use all these resources!"School Welfare Counsellor
St. Catherine's British School
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Sarum Hall School
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"I just wanted to say that it was great to meet you yesterday. Thank you so much for giving such an impressive and insightful talk. We have had lots of positive comments today about it. You struck just the right tone, and I know that the advice will have been invaluable to so many of our parents. It’s such a vital and important message and we are very grateful to you for sharing your knowledge and insights."
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Stopsley Community Primary School
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