Fantastic Feedback – What Schools and Students Say about talks

7 June 2016

After all of our talks, schools and speakers are sent a feedback form which gives them an opportunity to detail highlights and key messages. For us, it’s a great opportunity to see what impact speakers have on schools and indeed students on speakers. It is not unusual for schools to tell us that students have said things like ‘this is the most interesting assembly we have ever had’ and ‘this has inspired me to work hard and fulfil my potential’. Here are quotes from students and details about a range of talks that have taken place recently. For more information about our talks please click here.

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‘I didn’t know those opportunities existed – In Plymouth, Daniel Howlett went back to his hometown to show students that opportunities exist outside of their corner of the country. He encouraged them to follow their dreams and introduced them to opportunities in the financial sector which they had not been aware of before. The talk touched on the UK and Global economy, including Plymouth itself and then onto the opportunities pre and post university within HSBC. Dan’s talk was particularly pertinent having come from Plymouth himself and it was a great opportunity for students to hear from someone who was very relatable.

‘Honestly one of the only assemblies that made we want to try harder and work harder on my dreams’ – Actor Ray Panthaki, at The Deanes School in Essex, discussed the importance of being passionate about your dreams, and never giving up even when the odds seem against you. He also showed the students a short film he produced called Life Sentence about knife crime. The students found it both inspirational and educational.

‘I want to be like her!’ Tazeen Ahmad shared her life lessons and advice with students from Quintin Kynaston School in London.

‘It was excellent to listen to someone with such a wealth of experience’Sir Ian Diamond spoke at Northfield Academy in Aberdeen with a focus on raising student aspiration with key messages of seizing opportunities, having focus, aspiration as well as having fun.

 ‘I will remember what you said for the rest of my life.’ Jon Smith at Stockport College stressed the importance of effective communication and negotiation. Jon also touched on social media and sports agency and management. Jon answered questions on overcoming disappointment in negotiation, maintaining ambition and investing in young enterprise.

‘A fantastic experience I will remember forever.’ Lord Dennis Stevenson at Stoke High School charted his experience in business.

‘Thank you for the great talk, it really helped me understand more about what I want to do in business and what I might expect in being part of a business.’Dame Carolyn McCall at St George’s School in Harpenden told students how unpredictable one’s career path can be and how fast the world is changing.

‘The talk was a golden opportunity’Mark Rigby at Bedford High School used his talk to focus on real life business, the economy, his personal career pathway and experiences which emphasised the importance of resilience.


Huge thanks go to our fantastic speakers who have inspired so many students and to our wonderful schools who have helped make this happen!

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