Press Release: EU Referendum National Campaign Launch

29 June 2016


  • Speakers for Schools will host live-streamed panel discussion chaired by Robert Peston for schools across the UK in partnership with TES on 30th June
  • Panellists include Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, Owen Jones, Kwasi Kwarteng MP and Dreda Mitchell
  • Event marks the launch of the “EU Referendum: What Now?” UK-wide talk series with public figures, experts and diplomats speaking directly to teens about the outcome


The charity Speakers for Schools will be hosting a live-streamed panel discussion “EU Referendum: What Now?” in partnership with the TES, one week after the EU Referendum vote. The event will be hosted with a student audience at a school in North London and is for schools all across the UK to tune-in to with their students. The panel will be chaired by ITV’s Political Editor Robert Peston, and will include key figures from both sides of the debate discussing how the vote was won, the impact on young people and what it means for the UK’s relationship with the EU going forward. Students will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event through Twitter using #S4SNextGen and #EUWhatNow. Panellists include:

    • Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, international lawyer and Founder & Chair of Inspiring Girls International;
    • Owen Jones, columnist, author, commentator and political activist;
    • Kwasi Kwarteng, Conservative MP and historian;
    • Dreda Mitchell, novelist, broadcaster, journalist, freelance education consultant and former deputy head.

This event is a part of the wider national campaign and talk series “EU Referendum: What Now?”  (29th June- 22th July) which will see key speakers address students in state schools across the country on the potential impact of the EU Referendum result on their generation and the UK. The campaign is apolitical and designed to give young people access to some of the influential figures involved in the debate.


Robert Peston, Founder of Speakers for Schools, said: “Britain has made a choice that will shape our politics and living standards for decades. But what will that mean for young people as they choose what skills to learn, what careers to follow? Speakers for Schools’ special schools question time and series of post-referendum talks aims to shine a light through the fog”.


Miriam Gonzalez Durantez said: “I am delighted to be joining this important conversation on the EU Referendum result with young people across the UK. All of them have only ever known a UK in the EU.  The Referendum outcome will determine every aspect of their lives. As a mother of three sons I know about the anxiety that many young people are feeling about their future as a consequence of a referendum where they were not given the chance to vote. They will all inherit the country, so they all deserve that we hear their views”.


Dreda Mitchell said: “’Engaging young people with their own futures is one of the most important issues facing Britain today and Speakers For Schools provides a brilliant pathway to this.”


Those taking part in the campaign includes, but is not limited to: Sir Brendan Barber (Chairman of ACAS and former General Secretary of TUC), Natalie Bennett (Leader, Green Party), Yvette Cooper (MP, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford), Nick Clegg (MP, Sheffield Hallam and former Leader, Liberal Democrats), Sir Christopher Hum (former UK Ambassador to China), Professor Anand Menon (Director of UK in a Changing Europe & Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London), Roland Rudd (Chairman, Business for New Europe), Joe Twyman (Head of Political and Social Research, YouGov), Kitty Ussher (MD, Tooley Street Research and former MP) and Sir David Warren (former UK Ambassador to Japan).


Speakers for Schools is a charity set up by ITV’s Robert Peston to organise free talks from eminent figures of all backgrounds and industries at state secondary schools and colleges. It has arranged over 2,850 talks across the UK to date and hosts annual national talk series on critical themes to help state schools in inspiring their students.



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EDIT: The live event can now be watched here:

In addition to those taking part in the live-streamed event, those speakers that will be giving school talks as a part of this campaign and series includes:

  • Ed Balls, Senior Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King’s College London, and Chairman of Norwich City Football Club
  • Sir Brendan Barber, Chair, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council
  • Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
  • Alastair Campbell, Media Strategist
  • Nick Clegg, MP and former Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Yvette Cooper, MP and Former Shadow Home Secretary
  • David Cruickshank, Global Chairman, Deloitte
  • Sir Christopher Hum, Former Ambassador and College Head
  • Tristram Hunt, MP and Former Shadow Secretary of State for Education
  • Liz Kendall, MP for Leicester West
  • George Magnus, Independent Economist and Consultant
  • George Parker, Political Editor at the Financial Times
  • Roland Rudd, Founder of Finsbury PR and Chairman of Business for New Europe
  • Professor Callum Thomas, Former Advisor to European Commission and World Economic Forum; Chair of Sustainable Aviation
  • Joe Twyman, Head of Political and Social Research, YouGov
  • Kitty Ussher, Former MP and MD, Tooley Street Research
  • Sir David Warren, Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and Former Ambassador to Japan for the UK


About Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools is an independent, apolitical charity that provides young people in state schools across the UK with access to key influential, eminent figures – free of charge. The programme was founded by ITV Political Editor Robert Peston with the ambition of organising free talks in state schools with distinguished figures from all walks of life to help inspire, encourage and equip young people in state schools through sharing insights and advice. Since launching the charity has attracted a network of over 1,000 speakers and organised over 2,850 free talks with schools and colleges to date.  The charity is funded in full by the Law Family Charitable Foundation and Caxton Associates.


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About TES

The TES digital community is one of the fastest growing of any profession globally, and it boasts a 100-year heritage at the centre of teaching and the education community as publishers of the TES magazine, with an average of 349,000 readers each week. Today, with more than 3.6 million registered online users in 279 countries and territories, TES is the world’s largest online network of teachers.