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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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Dr Kathryn Weston is one of the country's leading experts on parenting, parental engagement, evidence-based approaches in education and the home-school partnership. She is the co-author of two books on parental engagement and a sought after keynote speaker in schools and organisations all over the world. 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.

Reasons to book Dr. Kathryn Weston

  • 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 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.

Dr Kathryn Weston has a strong academic background. 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. She is now the founder of Tooled Up Education, a digital hub of evidence-based resources for families, schools and organisations.

Dr Kathryn Weston is an experienced communicator who delivers large-scale talks both to parents, employees and leaders. Her most recent feedback from a talk to 200 employees in a school gained the following accolade from the Headteacher:

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Dr. Kathryn speaks passionate on various of topics such as:

  • Raising Teenagers
  • Juggling home and work life
  • Educational Choices
  • Mental Health and Family Resilience
  • Transition to any educational stage
  • Managing Children’s Anxiety
  • Coping with Exam Pressure
  • Parenting Challenge and How to Overcome Them
  • Optimal Parenting in the Early Years
  • How To Help Your Child Achieve at School Whilst Protecting Their Mental Health. 
  • Celebrating Neurodiversity

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It is no exaggeration to say that Dr Weston's input into our pastoral programme has been transformational. Her presentation to over 200 staff was the most inspirational training we have received on how to support adolescents through the changes of the teenage years.

Headteacher, Francis Holland School, Sloane Square London.

I recently attended Dr Kathy Weston's talk on Building resilience in our Children. What an inspirational speaker! She talks so engagingly about her real life experiences with children, giving examples and tips based on her own life and using the knowledge of recent research to back up her position. Every parent should hear her talk at least once, and the sooner, the better for you!

Joanne Brown

I was lucky enough to attend Dr Kathy Weston's talk on resilience. Truly the best value talk I've ever attended! Super informative, in-depth, evidence-based presentation, given in a very approachable and humorous manner with lots of real-life applicable examples. Definitely recommend to any parents out there!

Marina Hramkova

What a privilege to listen to Dr Kathryn Weston. I hope as many parents as possible get the opportunity to meet and hear Dr Kathryn Weston in action. She is more than a motivational speaker, she is a performer, an educator and an inspiration. She delivered her talk with humour, passion, insight, and sensitivity. Her use of humour was powerful and beautifully communicated. I wish I could put her in my pocket. A true inspiration and a privilege to meet. Thank you!!!

Emma Kaye

Kathy is an inspirational speaker, hugely informative and full of good tips backed up by the latest research. She quickly engages her audience and leaves them wanting more.

Lisa Peacock

Kathys seminar on 'How to help your children succeed at primary school' was highly recommended to me by a fellow school Mum. I am so glad she did. Kathy is an incredibly engaging speaker and I came away full of enthusiasm to implement the practical ideas and family strategies shared by Kathy from her extensive research. My only wish was I had bought my husband!

Karen McClure
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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