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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. 

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

Carpe Diem

The bank holiday gave us all a chance to drop what we were working on and spend time together as a family. We managed to go for a walk, but this time, somewhere different! A change is as good as a rest, as they say. Chatting to close friends, who I have not seen for a significant period of time, was, quite frankly, exhilarating! To find out that my social skills still (largely) function was reassuring.

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Top Parenting Question of the Week

Should I allow my 12-year-old to use Snapchat? He says all his friends are on it.

As parents, we can be under frequent pressure to download particular apps. This pressure tends to come from our children and their friends (who allegedly ALL have it). Snapchat is one social media app that children seem to be particularly drawn to. According to recent data, 71% of 13-17 year olds in the UK who use the internet, use Snapchat, so it’s pretty popular. Younger children may be attracted to it because of its seemingly innocuous visuals and the promise of ‘disappearing messages’. There is certainly an immediacy to it that appeals to children of all ages. It is considered a light-hearted app, full of fun filters and visuals. Of course, it is light-hearted as long as it is used appropriately, which isn’t always the case. 

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

Dr Jerica Radez, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at The Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research

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University of Oxford

Research Interests
Dr Radez is a first-year trainee clinical psychologist with an interest in adolescent mental health. Her PhD focused on understanding and overcoming barriers to seeking professional help for teens with anxiety and depressive disorders. She is now working on early intervention in psychosis in adolescents.

Link to Article

Anxiety and depressive disorders are the most common mental health problems in adolescents, yet only a minority of the young people affected access professional help. Dr Jerica Radez and colleagues undertook a qualitative study with teens in UK secondary schools to find out what they perceive to be barriers to help-seeking, and what would encourage them to do so.

After conducting school-based screening of 1200 11-17 year olds, 22 teens who met diagnostic criteria for anxiety or depression were interviewed by Dr Radez. The team identified four main reasons why teens are not very likely to access professional help: (1) Teens find it hard to make sense of their difficulties, (2) they find it problematic to communicate about their mental health, (3) they don’t always want to seek help and often feel a need to solve problems independently and (4) despite this adolescent desire for autonomy, they need assistance from school and parents to seek help, which is not always there.

Implications of the research

Implications for parents – The teens in the project said that regular, unpressured chats about how they are feeling would be beneficial. Parents should seek to learn more about what behaviours are cause for concern and should normalise help-seeking in family life. Parents should familiarise themselves with where to get help and discuss options with their teen.

Implications for schools – Schools need to ensure that all staff are aware of red flags for anxiety or depression in pupils. It’s important that clear pathways are in place for help-seeking and schools should normalise the need for help.

Implications for GPs – Dr Radez’s simple screening tool, just published this month, is specifically designed to screen for anxiety and depression in teens, quickly. GPs may find this useful when assessing teenagers.

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

Collaboration to build communities

At Tooled Up Towers, we have what Carole Dweck would call a ‘growth mindset’; we aren’t afraid to learn, grow and persevere. That is why we reach out and seek as much collaboration as possible with like-minded individuals or organisations who, like us, are absolutely passionate about improving children’s life outcomes. 

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Tooled Up’s role in early intervention in children’s mental health

This week, Professor Stephen Scott, an eminent British consultant psychiatrist, wrote an article to fellow psychologists and medics, which talks about the importance of paying attention to children’s general mental health, sooner in life, rather than later. “What is the point of being physically well if we are miserable and don’t have a good life?” he asks.

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"So informative, thought-provoking, practical, awesome!"
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