The end of a busy term

19 December 2013

Image of Tweet from Peter Barron's Speakers for Schools talkIt may be getting nearer Christmas, but the Speakers for Schools team are still busy! We’re pairing up speakers with schools and plenty of talks are taking place up until the final day of term- we are often tweeting about 4 or 5 talks each day and are hearing fantastic feedback from speakers and schools as they travel up and down the country.

Several schools have hosted notable figures from the business world- one of them being RBS Chairman Sir Philip Hampton, who spoke to students at Langdon Park Community School last Friday. He discussed the importance of both investing in oneself for the future and remaining flexible, having himself gone from studying English at University to eventually finding a career in accounting.

Earlier this week Brooke House Sixth Form (BSix) College in Hackney hosted Barclays CEO Anthony Jenkins for a Speakers for Schools talk, joined by Robert Peston. The talk was recorded as a part of Antony’s guest edit of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme with an overarching conversation on leadership. A clip will be aired on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on 31st December- you can listen here.

Google UK’s Peter Barron also had a chance to talk to students this week at MK College. He told the students about his career history and the six things he’d wish he’d known when he started work. Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet, also spoke about the business world and her career at Ashlyns School.

Top journalists and writers have also been out giving talks. Jancis Robinson, wine writer for The Financial Times, spoke about self employment to pupils at Chace Community School, and journalist Kirsty Lang was in Highbury Fields School last week. Robert Guest from The Economist spoke at Aylesbury Vale Academy- the title of his talk was ‘Around the world in 12 pictures’ and included first hand stories of reporting on North Korea, religious terrorists in Japan, tech firms in Silicon Valley and a tale of hitching a ride on a beer truck in West Africa.

Pupils at John Fisher School heard exciting anecdotes from their speaker, General Sir Peter Wall, too. Sir Peter is Chief of the General Staff, the Professional had of the British Army. He relayed some of his experiences in Rhodesia, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The school praised his honest and candid answers, with teacher Dominic Fell describing Sir Peter as, “A charismatic and engaging speaker who inspired our pupils to think about the world they live in.”

If you’ve not heard from us and are hoping to organise your own talk, you can try updating your application.

Thanks to these and all of our other speakers for a great first term and we look forward to the many more in the New Year!

*Merry Christmas*