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Dr Kathryn Weston

Dr Kathryn Weston

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Founder of Keystone Aspire, researcher and sought after authority in the areas of education, parenting and family life

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Leading motivational keynote speaker Dr Kathryn Weston is an independent researcher and sought after authority in the areas of education, parenting and family life. As the founder of Keystone Aspire, she delivers talks and workshops in schools to parents and young people that encourage an aspirational approach to life and learning.

Motivational speaker Dr Kathryn Weston has a strong academic background. She has almost two decades of experience as a social researcher,  which she draws upon to provide expert opinions on all aspects of parenting, education and family life. Dr Weston first studied Law at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland and then went on to complete five years of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge where she gained a Masters and Doctorate in Philosophy (Criminology). Her doctoral work explored attitudinal change in individuals, and the mechanisms through which positive change can be sustained.

Dr Kathryn Weston has worked as a policy researcher, and as a research fellow within Higher Education. It was in the latter role that she developed her interest in parental engagement and its impact on children’s lives. Since 2011, she has co-produced a weekly radio show “The Parents’ Show” on the community station, Radio Verulam 92.6FM in Herts and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the world of education and parenting. She is married, has two boys and lives in Hertfordshire.

Speaker Dr Kathryn Weston is an experienced communicator who delivers large-scale talks to school audiences. Since 2015, she has organised and delivered over 30 workshops and talks for parents. Her expert opinions highly sought after, Dr Weston is a member of the family panel (BBC Three Counties radio (2016/17) and a regular blogger with the Huffington Post (parenting section). She also presents annually at the Festival of Education, ResEd conference and delivers training to school leaders and teaching staff on all aspects of working with parents more effectively.

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    Speaker Dr Kathryn Weston Keynote Topics

    • pushy parenting
    • private tutoring
    • private education versus state education
    • aspiration and goal-setting
    • young people and crime
    • school starting age
    • school readiness
    • exams and exam pressure
    • young people and mental health/well-being
    • benefits of travel for children
01.11.2018

Interview with Kathryn Weston

What types of unique experiences have you had as a result of your profession?
Working in prisons as a criminologist all over the world, being invited to the House of Commons Select Committee to chair a panel on parental engagement, hosting awards shows in education, and co-producing my own radio show for parents in Herts for the last 8 years.

What are three attributes that you think are important for parents to have? 

  • The ability to trust their intuition
  • Being authoritative when it matters
  • Understanding their great role in boosting their child’s life chances

Going from studying law and criminology to specializing in parenting seems like a creative use of your knowledge. What led you to make this leap?
Having a baby and working alongside teachers for the first time as an education researcher – discovering that is there is a world of knowledge out there that parents don’t know about and yet could benefit from!

Who or what inspires you most? 
Children – I care deeply about their futures and their life chances – I am committed to empowering parents so that children can truly thrive.

How are your keynote presentations unique? 
I bring heart, passion, and the evidence-base. I share insights from my own parenting that the audience always find really inspirational and impactful. I deliver tips that *really* work.

What is your favourite thing about being a speaker? 
Connecting with my audience and knowing that they are being inspired by my talk and will return home and put my tips into practice.

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