Take Part

Speakers for Schools is designed to be an opportunity for state schools to more regularly access eminent speakers to enthuse, engage and broaden the horizons of their students. 

State secondary schools and colleges register to be a part of the network, and we try to send a top speaker each year (more if we can). Our programme is entirely free with supporting guidance for hosting your event, and a great way to complement any career, aspiration or enrichment plan for students. Equally, the programme was created as straightforward way for the UK’s leading figures to regularly give their time and share their expertise with young people in state schools. We help make this possible for the busiest of diaries, and pair them with the schools that might need their time the most.  See more about who we work with and benefits, below.

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 in the UK are eligible to apply to the programme. Find out more about how to applying and taking part here: How it Works.

Leading Figures

The charity works especially with the UK’s leading, influential 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 the next generation. The network is made up of peer and institution nominated figures as well as those the charity approaches directly who are the major influencers, leaders and thinkers from their industry or field. Speakers work with our offices to find a way to give a talk each year despite difficult diaries, accessing diverse schools they would have not been able to give their time to otherwise. See more about who we work with and registering on the Our Speakers section.

Employers & Institutions

We help various companies, professional bodies and institutions provide a straightforward method for their most senior executives and board members to give their time to young people, aligning 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. If your company or institution is interested in possibly pairing this work with our charity please get in touch with us here.

Why take part?

What do our schools and their students get out of taking 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 do speakers get out of taking part? Whether a CEO of a FTSE 100 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. 

See Our Work page for quotes from participants on the rewarding exchanges our speakers have had in with our state schools and colleges.