School and College Application Form

Speakers for Schools is a charity that helps state schools and colleges access eminent figures and industry experts for inspiring assembly talks, free of charge.

The School Application is central to the Speakers for Schools talk process and our aim of offering a helpful service to both schools and the speakers– we ask you to please read this application in detail before submitting so we can be as helpful as possible in finding a speaker.

Before applying, please be sure to read How it Works and the Frequently Asked Questions. Whilst we have a growing network of speakers and will endeavour to find a speaker for your school, please note that there are is a high volume of schools waiting to host a speaker with the programme, with varying waiting times.

  • 1. Your school/college details

  • Main Address

  • School background

  • 2. Contact details for this application

    It's very important to provide direct, up-to-date contact details for all parties listed below as applications may be filled at any time during the school year and require prompt response.

    In this section please note
    • All main correspondence/notification for the programme is via email.
    • In the event we are not able to reach you about a speaker, the application is removed from the system and this could affect the success of further applications from the school.
    • Due to the nature of our events and speakers, Head Teacher/Principals/Senior Management Team need to be aware and support further staff applying, and should be included in the planning of any Speakers for Schools event. There is more about SMT involvement in the Planning Guides and FAQ.
  • Your contact details

  • This is to reach you about your application directly therefore we cannot accept info@, enquiries@ or office@ email addresses
  • This is so we can contact you regarding a successful application and will not be used for marketing purposes
  • Secondary contact details

  • This is to reach you about your application directly therefore we cannot accept info@, enquiries@ or office@ email addresses
  • Head Teacher/Principal Contact Details

  • This is to reach you about your application directly therefore we cannot accept info@, enquiries@ or office@ email addresses
  • 3. Preferences for a Talk

    The following sections help us pair a suitable speaker with your school, trying to match to similar preferences for the event. Schools are notified after a Speaker is available and has agreed to visit the school. In this section please note:
    • Each section explains how this information is used to find you a speaker, please read carefully
    • We cannot always match exactly to topics, but endeavour to use these points as a guideline for finding you a great speaker for your school or college.
    • Speakers may see parts of this section of your application when considering schools they can visit this year.
  • a. Focus or Topic area for the Talk

    We always try to consider a preferred focus (or topic) when filling a school request, but please keep in mind we are here to help more state schools access leading industry and academic figures for free so will prioritise providing a speaker generally. The topic areas below are used as a general guideline and both relate to a speaker’s area of expertise, as well as the potential topic of the talk itself – but remember you would be tailoring your talk once we can find a speaker for your school. We try to fit within one or more of the topics selected, and may combine these where possible. Please select a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 5 tickboxes to indicate potential topics and speaker backgrounds preferred:*
  • b. Teacher's Statement

    This is the part of the application where we hope schools can share their vision for a Talk and that we may share with speakers when matching your application. Points to consider below: Why are you applying for a talk from one of our speakers? What are you most keen for students to gain from the talk? Is there anything generally you would like the speaker to focus on?
  • As a note, very specific requirements or overly general statements may affect our ability to fill the application, and requests for particular events will not be taken into consideration.
  • c. Audience for the talk

    We expect schools to select a group of students once we have contacted you about a successful application. However if you have an idea of the group size for the talk, please indicate here. Please note:
    • As our network of speakers donate their time and travel once per annum to keep these talks free, please note that the event requires a minimum of 50 students in attendance although many events have 200+ students for an event. If you have a special circumstance affecting potential audience size please Contact Us before submitting
    • Speakers generally prefer to speak to a student group of mixed ability, especially those students who need extra encouragement.
    • For audiences please keep in mind speakers are offering their time for an assembly talk during the school day unless they tell you otherwise once we have put you in touch.
  • Please enter a value greater than or equal to 50.
  • 4. Further Information

    We are trying to learn more about schools and their work with speakers. To help us understand more about your school’s experience, answer below:
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.