In addition to our own talks, our charity hopes to be as useful as possible to state schools and colleges across the UK by signposting other fantastic free programmes that are available to your institution and students. There also sometimes might be another initiative that can help more quickly than Speakers for Schools’ annual or termly speaker events, or is closer to what you’re looking for (careers talks), or just offering further tools for your classroom and students.
Below are links to organisations that offer various free talks and/or resources from online databases for careers advice, inviting in volunteers, extracurricular talks, to workshops, and more for your students.
Careers Programmes & Activities
- Enterprise Adviser Network
The Careers & Enterprise Company have established an Enterprise Adviser Network, which pairs senior business volunteers with schools and colleges to build employer engagement plans. The purpose of the network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and schools and colleges in the area. Schools can register for free and find out more on the link above.
GetMyFirstJob is a service which is free for students and schools to sign up and find apprenticeships and other opportunities, along with connecting you with employers and training providers.
- Inspiring the Future
Inspiring the Future is a free platform run by our sister charity the Education and Employers Charity – schools and colleges can sign-up for free and directly get in touch with volunteers ranging from apprentices up to CEOs offering their time give a career talk, CV/interview workshops, participate in careers fairs and more. They also work with primary schools.
MyBigCareer’s mission is to provide free one-to-one career guidance to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and to break down barriers to social mobility. Their advice is delivered by professionally qualified advisers volunteering from within the independent sector.
- National Apprenticeship Service
The National Apprenticeship Service has assembled a comprehensive set of resources for teachers and schools around apprenticeships. This includes their national apprenticeship search feature, which lets students find apprenticeships near them across the country. You can find the apprenticeship search here.
- Primary Futures
Primary Futures is a part of Inspiring the Future which works specifically with primary schools helping children to understand the wide range of jobs out there and why what they learn in primary school is so important to their later life.
- Tomorrow’s Engineers
Tomorrow’s Engineers is a comprehensive engineering careers website. The site features careers information, teaching resources, lesson activities,case studies, inspiration for out-of-school trips, and more.
Academic & Subject Programmes
- BBC School Report (media/journalism)
Using lesson plans and materials from this website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.
- Big Bang Fair (STEM)
The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, as well careers information from STEM professionals.
- FILMCLUB (media)
Helping schools set up their own student FILMCLUB with opportunities to request extracurricular events, including hosting industry professionals.
- Institute of Mathematics (IMA) (maths)
Volunteer speakers with math related careers can come in to talk about their work. IMA also provides free classroom resources for teachers.
- Register & Be A Lifesaver (science/health)
A programme bringing in free classroom speakers from cancer charity Anthony Nolan to talk to 16-18 year olds about stem cell, blood and organ donation, allowing them to make an informed decision about registering as donors.
- Royal Aeronautical Society Speaker Program (sciences)
This is a network of regional experts in aviation and aerospace engineering that the Society can send into schools and careers awareness events to inspire the next generation.
- The STEM Experience (STEM)
The STEM Experience brings together STEM employers and young people interested in a STEM career. Employers offer work experience opportunities via The STEM Experience website. Young people can search for relevant opportunities and express an interest in them.
Extracurricular & Enrichment Opportunities
GENERATE is a non-profit organisation hosting stimulating after school talks and workshops with top entrepreneurs to inspire teens, generate ideas and create opportunities for young Londoners — students from state schools can attend for free!
- Google Science Fair
The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18.
- The Transformation Trust
The Transformation Trust works with nearly 900 state secondary schools across the country, providing access to inspirational activities and opportunities. For schools with 21%+ FSM, access free employability programmes, outward bound and overseas trips (all expenses paid).
Online Teacher & Student Resources (careers, videos and more)
- Bitesized Insights
Bitesized Insights is an open source knowledge library made up of short video conversations with the world’s most successful digital entrepreneurs, organised through Founders Forum For Good.
Students and teachers can browse thousands of careers videos interviewing actual professionals, to hear what different careers offer in opportunities, look like day-to-day and require in skills.
- National Theatre: On Demand. In Schools
The National Theatre’s free streaming video service lets you show recordings of world-class theatre productions to your classroom in high definition. Each play is curriculum-linked, and is accompanied by learning resources to help integrate the play into your lessons. You can watch National Theatre productions whenever you like, as much as you like, at no cost. Registration is quick and simple and can be found here nationaltheatre.org.uk/schools
- Skype in the Classroom
A free Skype education initiative allowing UK teachers to connect with other classrooms and guest speakers from all over the globe for video conferencing sessions.
- TED Talks
A library of thousands of stimulating talks from thought-leaders around the globe, ranging from topics on future technology to important social psychology for the modern world.
Have a free service or programme for state schools and colleges relating to our work that you would like us to include on this list? Get in touch with us here.