A busy start with star talks for the 2017/18 School Year!

12 October 2017

Schools have only been back for a month or so and already over 10,000 students have had the opportunity to meet and ask questions of incredible speakers from athletes to politicians to scientists. We wanted to share some of the great stories we’ve had from these events to celebrate these aspirational moments.


Baroness Stowell – Redhill Sixth Form, Nottinghamshire

Former Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness (Tina) Stowell spoke to students about the importance of ambition and determination at Redhill Sixth Form in a talk to over 130 students. She told them about her experiences taking her from growing up in Beeston to being made a peer in the House of Lords and advised them that no matter what path in life you take having a good and positive attitude is key.


Professor Peter Goodhew – University of Chester Academy, Cheshire

“He was dead practical,” remarked one student after hearing Emeritus Professor of Engineering at the University of Liverpool, Professor Peter Goodhew, speak to their mixed age-group audience earlier this week.  Peter talked about his career, the wonders of engineering and even demonstrated some basics of what engineering and programming can do with a Lego Mindstorm robot he had brought with him.

Read more about his talk here…


Adele Blakeborough – Y Pant Comprehensive School, Rhondda

Last week saw the CEO of the Social Business Trust, Adele Blakeborough, introducing 6th form students in south Wales to the charity sector and the wide variety of roles to be found there. Helping them to understand terms like ‘social enterprise’, Adele’s talk was easy to relate to and she continually tied the discussion to everyday life. The SBT helps support social enterprises as they grow via relationships with their business partners, an organisation Adele co-founded.


Susannah Streeter – Cotham School, Bristol

BBC presenter, business journalist and former RAF reservist Susannah Streeter gave a fantastic talk to students in Bristol full of specific advice on how to present, reflecting on her own path into broadcasting and journalism. There were lots of questions about her life and several students said they really learned from her presentation tips.


Anna Turney – Whitley Academy, Coventry

‘Don’t worry about things you cannot control; focus on what you can control,’ was one of the broad lessons from this incredible set of insights from Paralympic skier Anna Turney as she spoke to students about how she came to represent Britain in two Olympics and many other global competitions. Anna explained that while it’s important to work hard towards your goals, it’s also vital to build up support networks you can rely on – friends, family, colleagues – to help you achieve those goals.

Read this blog on the event from a Year 8 student here…


Our thanks to all schools that have hosted a talk already this year, and of course, a huge thank you to all of our speakers who have taken part and those who are currently looking to take part – our work would not be possible without you.

Are you a state secondary school or college that has high-need students without access to great speakers? We are trying to reach even more state schools with high need — register to be a part of our network here.