After HSBC’s UK Head of Commercial Banking, Ian Stuart, came to speak at Beckfort School one of the students had the opportunity to visit HSBC for a day. Ameerah Turner-Desai, a Year 12 Sixth Form student, wrote about her day there and its impact on her and her future.
What do talks look like? How do schools and colleges utilise a speakers’ experience to bring together a great event for their students? Explore our case studies below.
Talk Topics: Government & Politics, Cultures & History
Talk Themes: Industry Workings, Life Lessons
Sir Christopher Hum, former ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, spoke to two groups of students at Downlands Community School.
Anton Colella, CEO of ICAS and former CEO of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, at Lochend Community High School
Talk Topics: Business Management
Talk Themes: Life Lessons, Future Citizens
Anton Colella spoke to a group of Fifth and Sixth Year students of business, enterprise and communications near Glasgow about his life and work as CEO of several companies.
Themes: Industry Workings
Topics: Journalism, Communications, Politics and Philosophy
Alan Rusbridger gave an insightful talk on the history and relevance of journalism, followed by several small workshops with journalism students.
Themes: Industry Workings, Future Citizens
Topics: Global Economy & Economic Development, Government & Politics, Charities & Not-for-Profit
A fantastic example of the school making the most of a Speakers for Schools event, Dame Barbara met with several groups of students ahead of her full talk around her work as CEO of Oxfam and a lifetime of volunteering.
Themes: Life Lessons & Advice
Topics: Television & Broadcasting, PR & Communication, Sport, Business
David Dein’s candid talk about the past, present and future of football, filled with lessons on being successful was drawn from a lifetime of experience, which was particularly well matched to the boy’s school in Surrey.
Themes: Industry Workings
Topics: Banking & Finance, Economics
The Great Barr School made great use of Lord King’s time, with students giving a financial presentation about a project before getting an explanation of the role of the Bank of England from one of its Governors.
Theme: Industry Workings, Expert Insights
Topics: Performing Arts, Television & Broadcasting
Renowned actor, David Morrissey, gave students in Liverpool a view into the actual world of drama and how the industry works, which inspired so many questions that they had to ask more via Twitter after the talk.
Themes: Life Lessons & Advice, Industry Workings
Topics: Film, Television & Broadcasting, Journalism PR & Communication, Cultures & History
Little Ilford School got to hear from a BBC journalist about how she got into the industry and her university experiences, which really resonated with the students – a great example of a speaker engaging their audience.
Talk Themes: Challenging the Status Quo, Life Lessons & Advice
Topics: Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation
Ruby McGregor-Smith, the only Asian female chief executive of a FTSE 250 company, spoke to students at the Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls about her personal and career background, her current role and family life.