Plan a talk

Please find our School and Speaker Guides below, with key planning steps and tips from past speakers and schools for a successful, high-impact event. Talk details are agreed between the speaker and the school but please do not hesitate to contact our team for more suggestions, guidance and help.

Timings and general information:

  • S4S Talks are meant to be an assembly style talk with 50-300 students, depending on cohort and subject. We encourage mixed ability groups of students. Mixed interests work well for talks intended to broaden horizons and challenge assumptions as to what’s available.
  • The events are usually themselves 1 hour, with roughly  20-40 minutes speaking followed by a robust Q&A lead by a teacher if needed (for shier audiences!).
  • Speakers have very busy diaries, but many do hope to do a Meet & Greet at the start of the visit and sometimes are able to do school tours, and/or short workshops afterwards. Be sure to discuss with them.

School Guides [PDFs]

  • Schools Planning Guide – Essential Steps [PDF, 2MB] Key steps during the planning stages and hosting of a talk.

  • Schools: Topics & Checklist [PDF, 325 kB] Information on the format, preparing students and themes to discuss with your speaker.

  • Tips for Hosting a Multi-School Event [PDF, 334 kB] Important guidance if you are considering bringing local schools and colleges together for the audience for this talk.

  • Q&A Prep Sheet for Students [PDF, 399 kB] This is to help students prepare for an interactive Q&A with the speaker, either in class or as homework.

  • Speakers for Schools logo [JPG, 264 kB] To put on event materials and powerpoint. Click the link, then right click and select ‘Save Image As’.

  • Student Feedback Form [PDF, 47kB] It really helps our programme to get feedback both from you and from your students. Please download and print copies of this very short form to hand out to students at the start of the talk and ask them to complete it quickly at the end. Once the students have completed them, please scan them and email the forms to us at


Speaker Guides [PDFs]