Researcher of the Month: Dr Éadaoin Slattery – Do Sustained Attention Training Interventions Really Work?

Researcher of the month, Dr Éadaoin Slattery, discusses her recent paper, which systematically reviews the evidence around popular sustained attention training interventions, which are widely used in schools. She talks us through what sustained attention is, why it is important and whether or not widely used interventions are likely to have a significant impact. We’ve probably all heard of brain training, but here Dr Slattery also talks us through some other kinds of interventions, which potentially show more promise.

Professor Tamsin Ford Answers All of Your Questions

Leading psychiatrist, Professor Tamsin Ford, joins us to answer your top questions about anything and everything related to raising children. This open and honest interview draws on both Professor Ford’s expertise and her personal experiences and covers topics as diverse as aspiration, the school assessment system, adoption and gender. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Goal Planner for the New School Year

Goal setting can boost self-esteem and confidence. Encourage children and teens to use our planner over the summer to set some achievable targets for the school year ahead. It’s a good idea to prompt them to think broadly. They could consider skills they want to improve, activities they want to try, school work goals, having fun and acts of kindness.

Supporting Your Teen as They Move into Sixth Form

For teens, entering sixth form and moving towards greater independence in their lives and studies is a big step. Whilst undoubtedly exciting, some young people may find aspects of this transition daunting, or they may simply need a bit of help navigating new challenges and experiences. Remember that even though they are growing up, you remain a powerful influence and guide in their lives! Here are our top tips on supporting teens as they embark on the next stage of their journey.

The Impact of the Learning Environment on Children’s Learning, Stress and Behaviour

Join researcher Gemma Goldenberg in this webinar, which explores the impact of the environment on children’s learning. Valuable to all school staff, Gemma outlines the research evidence on the impact of noise and visual clutter on children’s learning as well as the apparent positive effects of exposure to nature. The webinar ends with some top tips for classroom practice. These are easy to apply and might have significant benefits for some children.

The Perils of Perfectionism: How Can Schools and Families Respond

Research shows that perfectionistic characteristics are on the rise among young people, feeding into a range of mental health and wellbeing difficulties, and leading to reduced motivation and performance in the longer term. The good news is that schools and families can make a difference; by supporting young people to develop “perfectionism literacy” and striving to avoid the creation of “perfectionistic environments” at home and in school. NACE CEO, Rob Lightfoot, will share an overview of current research in the field and practical strategies to help schools and families respond.

Separating Fact from Fiction in Early Reading with Professor Kathy Rastle

In this webinar for Tooled Up school staff, Professor Kathy Rastle unpicks why a sound knowledge of phonics is utterly crucial in enabling children to become skilled readers. She succinctly explains why other methods are ineffective, outlines how teachers can ensure that any interventions they use are effective and evidence-based and provides a wealth of further resources for school staff to consult.

Dr Weston Talks with Patrice Bain: A Parent’s Guide to Unleashing Children’s Learning Potential

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Patrice Bain, educator, speaker and author, about her new book, A Parent’s Guide to Powerful Teaching. In it, they discuss some of the science behind how children learn and Patrice outlines practical and simple strategies that parents can use at home with their children to optimise learning. You’ll also learn more about why it’s important to discuss learning processes with children, how to help with revision and retrieval and how to avoid cognitive overload.

Balancing Academic Achievement with Good Mental Health: Tips for Parents

It is possible for children to thrive both academically and mentally, but as parents we need to put lots in place to help this to happen. In this talk, Dr Weston shares the very best evidence-based tips on the things you can do at home to help your child thrive at school whilst promoting great mental health.