Our Impact



students reached



of UK Local Authorities have a school taking part



of teachers say their talk has left a lasting impact on students



of talks result in a follow-up activity with their speakers or related opportunity



of speakers say their work with S4S has allowed them to better connect & understand young people today



leading figures in our speaker network

See our most recent Year in Review (2016/17) for more on how we are reaching state schools, special campaigns and speaker impact.

What do schools say?


“That was ace, Miss. I’m going to think about how I can start my own business.”
Student, Sundorne School and Sports College, Shropshire

“Amazing, it reinvigorated my belief in the creative industries.”
Student, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Blackpool

“Dr Sarah Wood was so inspirational; it has made me think I should really go for it when choosing a career!”
Student, St Bede’s Inter-Church School, Cambridgeshire


“I thought it was brilliant that someone with such high status comes around, actually interacts with schools and students, and even better he let us ask him questions personally.”
Student, City and Islington College, Islington

“Great to know there are opportunities open to us for not only a challenging career but one which could help shape the world around us.”
Student, Sir John Leman High School, Suffolk

“I just wanted to send a short email to thank yourself and your colleagues for helping us to organise the talk with our speaker this afternoon. It was a very interesting, informative and engaging session and we really appreciate Stefan’s time and your efforts.”
Teacher, Harton Technology College, South Shields
“The learners were really interested in the bilingual advantages. Andrew was an engaging and inspiring speaker, and they were moved to have been visited by someone so successful.”
Teacher, Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthenshire
“Your insights and advice were extremely well received and very timely, with the entire year group about to make some critical decisions about their futures.”
Teacher, Mossbourne Community Academy, Hackney

What do speakers say?


Anjana Ahuja, Award-Winning Science Journalist

“[There were] really interesting, insightful practical questions from the students – they asked a lot, especially about how my parents viewed what was then a non-traditional occupation. They were especially interested in what it’s like for a woman in science and technology.”


Brent Hoberman, Founder and Executive Chairman, Made.com

“I think Speakers for Schools is very satisfying. I think you get a great feeling if you’ve just inspired a few people to do something differently… If you made some modest changes then it’s a good place to start.”


Kathryn Jacob, CEO, Pearl & Dean

“It’s just great; just to feel that atmosphere in the room. Their eagerness, their anticipation and willingness to learn is brilliant.”


Sarah Sands, Editor, London Evening Standard

“The highlight of the talk was hearing from a variety of students, and seeing their opinion and how the next generation are thinking about politics within this country.”


Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia

“Speakers for Schools doing this kind of event is really fantastic. As an organisation it’s helping schools that wouldn’t ordinarily have access to big name speakers around the UK, because I think lots of people would love to do it but they need to be asked. I think it’s great Speakers for Schools is out there asking.”

Reaching more young people…

Our charity is always looking to expand its impact with students, and maximise our reach to students across the UK. Each year we endeavour to reach all of the schools, academies and colleges in our network however below helps outline areas we are still working on especially with our speakers.
Our need is all over the country, with this map indicating the areas where we are looking to improve the most. Out of the areas highlighted, light orange indicates the least and red indicates the most in need of more speakers.