3000 talks!

7 October 2016

Speakers for Schools hits 3000 school talks!











The start of the school year is always a very busy time for us at Speakers for Schools as we start planning talks for the coming academic year. This September has been particularly special as we have reached the milestone of having facilitated 3000 free school talks to state schools across the country since October 2011.

This means we’ve reached over 300K students across the UK, from Penzance to Elgin.

Reflecting on what our founder, Robert Peston, said of reaching 1000 talks back in 2014 that “we are starting to level the playing field with private-sector schools…we begin to make it routine for top people to share their wisdom and experience with state-school pupils” has never been more true. Our speakers have now given 3, 4, 5 or even 67 talks a year and over 300,000 state school students have benefitted from a talk.

For our team, it’s always a huge achievement to reach such milestones and never more so than this year when we are celebrating our 5th anniversary.

Some of the speakers taking the charity to our milestone this week include:

  • John Griffith-Jones – Chairman, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Nina Bibby – Marketing & Consumer Director, o2
  • Peter Wanless – CEO, NSPCC
  • Julie Lydon – Vice Chancellor of the University of South Wales
  • Robert Guest – Business Editor, The Economist
  • Adam Vile – Partner and Head of the Package Solutions Practice, Excelian
  • Jo Dipple – CEO, UK Music
  • Gillian Phillips – Director of Editorial Legal Services, The Guardian
  • Thomas Reilly – Special Advisor, International Government Relations, Shell, UK

“Sincere thanks  to all of our brilliant speakers who have helped us reach this milestone and the many educators embracing our work as a way to inspire their pupils for their future. We look forward to their support as we further our work with more amazing figures and reaching more state schools as we continue to grow.”

– Ashley Hodges, Executive Director


What has the journey to 3000 looked like? See some the amazing highlights through our Case Studies.