Talk highlights for the 2013/2014 school year

27 August 2014

David LanSpeakers for Schools has had a busy year. This Spring alone we organised more talks than we did in our entire first year! Here are a few of the highlights from a record breaking year of talks across the UK:

New speakers

Emma FreudOur network is always growing, thanks to the support of new Speakers such as Emma Freud, whose first S4S talk at the Hathaway Academy in Essex was a great success. Reflecting on her wealth of experience interviewing some four thousand personalities, she spoke persuasively about the self-belief and enthusiasm that has led her to the top of her field. The students also learnt about Emma’s work as Director of Comic Relief, as well as her time editing films in collaboration with her partner, Richard Curtis. The students were taught a great deal about the potential that self-confidence can bring, with memorable anecdotes spanning TV, radio and Britain’s biggest charity campaign.

Group mentoring

Alan Rusbridger speaking to students at Eastbury Comprehensive SchoolAlan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, spoke to the students of Eastbury Comprehensive School in July. He spoke engagingly about the role of the press, even showing the students an old newspaper reporting the death of Admiral Nelson! After the talk and the Q & A, a group of Year 12 students attended a special mentoring session with Alan, discussing journalism as a career and ways to get started as a writer.


Many of the Speakers who joined Speakers for Schools this year did so through exciting new partnerships. We have been working with the Advertising Association since March, who have introduced scores of Speakers into the network including Matt Brittin, president of Google Europe, Unilever’s Amanda Sourry, and Cilla Snowball, chairwoman of the Advertising Association.

Later in the year, we formed a partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), who have brought many Speakers on board as part of their ‘Give Something Back’ campaign. From producers like Sarah Thornton to game developers like Chris Payne, our BAFTA Speakers received excellent feedback from schools over the Summer. We look forward to their continued participation with us this year!