About us

Founded by ITV’s Political Editor, Robert Peston, our aim is to end educational inequality by investing in young people through our free school talks, our S4SNextGen work experience programme and targeted resources to pave the way for a fairer education system.


Why we exist

State school students are frequently disadvantaged by educational inequality compared to their more affluent counterparts.
Having access to leading figures disrupts this pattern and gives state school students the opportunity to engage with influential people who can share guidance and expertise on how to reach the top.


We’re here to connect the dots and shake up the current system to help make this happen. 


What we do




Speakers for Schools links students from state schools, academies and colleges to expert insights from eminent and leading figures of today, from FTSE 100s and arts leaders to CEOs and tenured professors – all for free.


Our aspirational engagements, put young people in touch with the very best, to spark their ambitions and the belief in what is possible for the future.


So far, we have reached over 600,000 students nationwide through our school talks and work experience programme. Read more about our impact.

Speakers for Schools was founded by Robert Peston and has facilitated over 6,000 free school talks and placements to date, reaching over 600,000 young people across the UK. Chaired by Andrew Law with a board of trustees, it is  funded by the Law Family Charitable Foundation.


1 End of Cycle Report, UCAS (2016)
Skills 2030 Campaign Survey, YouGov plc (Feb 2018)
Leading People:  The educational backgrounds of the UK professional elite, Sutton Trust (2016)