We help make it possible for leading figures to reach state schools across the UK for events that help engage, encourage and broaden horizons.
State secondary schools and colleges register to be a part of the network, and we work to send them a speaker from the network year on year. Our programme is entirely free as speakers donate their time, and is a great way to complement any aspiration or enrichment plan for students. Find out more below about how we can work with you and why take part.
Who we work with
UK State Schools & Colleges
Speakers for Schools was established to make it possible for state secondary schools, colleges and academies to access free talks from eminent, influential professionals and academics as often available to fee-paying schools. All state maintained secondary schools and colleges (11-18 yrs) in the UK are eligible to apply to the programme. If you are a primary school, please be sure to see www.InspiringtheFuture.org.
Find out more about how to apply and take part here: How it Works.
Leading, Influential Figures
We were especially established to help the UK’s leading figures ensure they can regularly give their time in the state schools that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity, so they can help encourage the next generation through sharing their insights and experiences. We work with figures from all industries and fields, making it possible for them to give their time in a state school despite their numerous commitments through unique talks that inform, inspire and help prepare students for their future. Speakers work with our offices to find a way to give a talk each year despite difficult diaries, accessing diverse state schools they would have not been able to give their time to otherwise.
See more about who we work with and registering here: Our Speakers
Employers, Professional Bodies & Institutions
We help leading companies, professional bodies and institutions across all sectors provide a straightforward method for their most senior executives and board members to give their time to young people in state schools to help align with their wider CSR and employability initiatives. Linking a speaker’s support with their organisation’s work can help achieve wider awareness and interest with young people, whether looking to help young people better access your organisation and industry, or supporting more specific programmes that could benefit from having more state schools taking part such as work experience, internships and apprenticeships. In 2017, we have also launched a free portal to help our speakers’ companies create and offer work experience placements with our state schools, www. S4SNextGen.org.
If your company or organisation wants to find out more about how we can work with you, get in touch with us here.
Why take part?
Speaking to our schools about the impact on their students, we know their chance to hear from a successful figure can have a real impact on how they look at their own journey, education and aspirations in school and beyond.
94% Teachers have told us that this exposure and interaction with eminent figures has helped their students in one or more of the following:
- Directly motivate them in their studies and classes
- Build confidence by seeing that even successful individuals have had doubts, failures and unexpected outcomes along the way
- Get invaluable advice and perspectives from very top of fields and industries
- Consider entirely new opportunities like an apprenticeship, being an entrepreneur or attending university
- Greater awareness of the skills, opportunities and attitudes needed navigate their future
- Think critically about the world around them
85% of our schools say they wouldn’t be able to bring in outside speakers at all without the help of Speakers for Schools
What about speakers?
Whether a CEO of a FTSE 100, a digital pioneer or a renowned academic, Speakers for Schools offers a unique way for high-profile figures to give back, share their insights and engage with the next generation as they make decisions about their future.
In addition to 95% of Speakers telling us they would highly recommend Speakers for Schools to their peers, over 65% of our speakers have said their work with us has helped them and their organisation better connect young people today, overall — with 30% of speakers offering extended opportunities after their talk.