Evidence-based resources brought to you by
Tooled Up Education

Our founder and Head of Research, Dr Kathy Weston holds a Masters and Doctorate in Social Science (Criminology) from the University of Cambridge and worked for many years as a policy researcher and research fellow in education. She is the co-author of two books on  “Engaging Parents” (Bloomsbury, 2018; 2020) and a sought-after keynote speaker.

Kathy works with a team of qualitative researchers and collaborates with eminent mental health and other professionals to source, curate and develop resource information that can empower parents, carers or those who work with children. 

“Combining my passion for parenting with my extensive academic expertise, I am committed to giving parents the practical tools they need to help their children flourish. I firmly believe in an evidence-based approach to parenting.

This way, you get the very best information and can have confidence in the tips you apply at home. Our children have significant challenges to overcome as they strive to reach their potential. My aim is to empower you, so that the parenting journey becomes easier and more rewarding.”

Our Founder: Dr Kathy Weston
Speaker | Author | Researcher | Founder of Tooled Up Education

Our Mission

To give every parent and teacher the tools they need to develop children
into young adults who are:

Self-confident, self-sufficient and full of self-worth

Curious about the world and passionate about learning

Digitally skilled and digitally resilient

Our Fundamental beliefs:
What we help deliver:
How we do this:

We work with the world’s leading researchers, translating research evidence into actionable tips that:

Are We Effective?

What schools say
Francis Holland School
"It is no exaggeration to say that Dr Weston’s input into our pastoral programme has been transformational. Her presentation to more than two hundred staff was the most inspirational – and practical – training we have received on how to support adolescents through the changes of the teenage years."

Headmistress, March 2022
Eton College
"Expert and engaging, Kathy gives rich, evidence-based guidance. You will come away inspired and empowered."

Dr Johnny Noakes
Sarum Hall School
"Kathy’s talk was engaging, interesting and highly informative throughout. She balanced factual information with personal advice and practical tips to ensure that the talk was relevant and accessible from the outset."

Head Teacher, September 2020l
Davenies School
"Just to say you are amazing at what you do.. really really informative and helpful to parents and can’t recommend tooled up highly enough!"

Teacher, Davenies School
Highgate School
"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."

Teacher comment following a parent talk, June 2021
Stopsley Community Primary School
"Thought provoking, deeply engaging and totally relevant to every aspect of my work. Thanks so much for your passion and drive."

Teacher, January 2020
The Prince’s Teaching Institute
"Thank you for lifting my spirits this morning. You have certainly provided me with an opportunity to fashion my whirlwind of thoughts and feelings about priorities for our school community into some semblance of order!"

Staff, March 2021
Alleyn’s School
"You were utterly fantastic today - a brilliant start to term in framing our aims as educators. I am in absolute awe of how convincing you are and how directly you speak. Thank goodness you are working in looking after our young people. Thank you so much and I really look forward to hearing you speak to parents as well. Very, very best wishes."

Staff CPD session, 19 April 2021
Beechwood Park School

"Tooled Up Education has been fantastic. Kathy's work has had a really massive effect on our parents and also our staff."

Edward Balfour, Headmaster
Ashlyns School

"Tooled Up Education has such a wide range of resources and we've been able to send these out to lots of different parents for lot of different reasons. The resources are really easy to read and implement and parents have said they are really helpful "

Teacher, Ashlyns School
Harrow School
"Incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. I was left full of optimism and armed with new strategies."

Staff CPD session, June 2021
South Hill School
"Superb, clear, concise, helpful."

Teacher, January 2020
Buckinghamshire Governors Conference
"Refreshing to listen to such positivity and common sense advice."

School Governor, October 2020
Thomas Coram
"Excellent, extremely helpful. Positive steps to take away and use."

Teachers, January 2020
What parents say
"Practical, relatable advice."

"I feel like I have found what I have been looking for for so long! I am so relieved to get very practical, relatable advice."

Parent, Methody School
"Thought-provoking"

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

Parent, South Hill School
"Absolutely fantastic"

"I thought the talk last night was absolutely fantastic. It really helped us to have a vision and how we can support [Child] to develop his resilience"

Parent, Yarm School
"Lots of food for thought"

"So informative - lots of food for thought as a teacher and a parent of two girls. Thank you"

Parent, Merchant Taylors' School
"Amazing resources"

"Hello, I am a Beechwood Park parent and I've always found your resources to be very helpful and timely, especially for my year 7 son at BWP. Thank you for your amazing resources."

Parent, Beechwood Park School

"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

"Wednesday Wisdom is like a burning torch in a world of confusion and noise. I can’t do without it!"

Parent, July 2020
One of the best lectures I have listened to for some time

"Clear, practical and underpinned by evidence - whilst recognising where the gaps in knowledge are and where individual decisions are reasonable. As a mother to young people - great advice!!

Parent and Professor of Child Health Literacy, 2022