Take Part

We make it possible for state schools to access today’s leading figures to give their students events that engage, inspire and help level the playing field.

Who we work with

UK State Schools, Academies & Colleges

To take part, a member of SLT applies on behalf of the school and we try to find a speaker from our unique network of leading figures for you each year. We could be in touch at any time as our speakers have varied availability, and we try to focus on those schools who need our services the most. All state maintained secondary schools, academies and colleges (11-18 yrs)  in the UK are eligible to apply to be apart of our schools network. If you are a primary school, please be sure to see www.InspiringtheFuture.org.

Find out more about how to apply and take part here: How it Works.


Leading, Influential Figures

We were especially established to help the UK’s leading figures ensure they are regularly giving their time in the state schools so they can help encourage the next generation through sharing their insights and experiences.  Our team works with speakers’ offices to fit a talk in each year, working creatively to see this happen despite difficult diaries.  Time is focused on reaching diverse state schools and groups of students that speakers would have not been able to reach otherwise.

See more about who we work with and registering here: Our Speakers 


Employers, Professional Bodies & Institutions

We help leading companies, professional bodies and institutions across all sectors provide a straightforward method for their most senior executives and board members to give their time to young people in state schools and link this to wider CSR and industry initiatives. In addition to school events, in 2017 we launched a free portal to help our speakers’ companies offer work experience placements to our state schools and support them in developing their programmes, via www. S4SNextGen.org

If your company or organisation wants to find out more about how we can work with you, get in touch with us here.


Multi-Academy Trusts, Local Authorities and School Networks

In addition to individual schools, we look for ways to ensure we are reaching schools that need our services the most and maintain ongoing contact. If you represent a network of schools we can work with you to sign-up your schools to ensure they are taking advantage of our free programme. Schools are still able to have an individual contact to manage their events, but this helps us ensure we can work with you if an opportunity comes up and we need help reaching schools in your network or area. We work in a variety of ways with different network so please get in touch if we maybe be able to work with your schools or colleges.

To find out more please contact our Schools Manager here.

What are the benefits to working with us?

Speaking to our schools about the impact on their students, we know their chance to hear from a successful figure can have a real impact on how they look at their own journey, education and aspirations in school and beyond.

94% Teachers have told us that this exposure and interaction with eminent figures has helped their students in one or more of the following:

  • Directly motivate them in their studies and classes
  • Build confidence by seeing that even successful individuals have had doubts, failures and unexpected outcomes along the way
  • Get invaluable advice and perspectives from very top of fields and industries
  • Consider entirely new opportunities like an apprenticeship, being an entrepreneur or attending university
  • Greater awareness of the skills, opportunities and attitudes needed navigate their future
  • Think critically about the world around them

85% of our schools say they wouldn’t be able to bring in outside speakers at all without the help of Speakers for Schools 

What about speakers?

Whether a CEO of a FTSE 100, a digital pioneer or a renowned academic, Speakers for Schools offers a unique way for high-profile figures to give back, share their insights and engage with the next generation as they make decisions about their future.

In addition to 95% of Speakers telling us they would highly recommend Speakers for Schools to their peers, over 65% of our speakers have said their work with us has helped them and their organisation better connect young people today, overall — with 30% of speakers offering extended opportunities after their talk.

See Our Impact page for quotes from participants on the rewarding exchanges our speakers have had in with our state schools, colleges and academies.