Able to resonate with students of all ages, school speakers present their inspiring, thought-provoking message in an eloquent manner. Students often connect with external authoritative figures, influenced by their career or experiences to change their own lives.
Here at Champions Speakers, we boast a wide range of the best school speakers available to book. Each with their own incredible life stories, they inspire a positive new perspective in their young, impressionable audience.
So, let's answer the question; why are school speakers so important?
Diversity & Inclusion
It is imperative for school children to be surrounded by positive influences as they grow and develop. Due to this, diversity speakers for schools have exploded in popularity, booked to instil in students a wider understanding of different cultures, races, genders, sexuality and more.
Leanne Riley is credited for raising awareness of women's rugby, using her platform to encourage young girls to try the sport. The pioneering player is no stranger to success, having won the 2012 Hong Kong Women's Sevens with the England squad. Leanne is an ambassador for the Harlequins' Switch initiative, which is dedicated to breaking down stereotypes surrounding women's rugby at its very core; in schools.
Maggie Aderin-Pocock OBE
Widely known as a male-dominated industry, STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are crying out for female representation. Not only is Maggie Aderin-Pocock paving the way for young girls, she also inspires black students to try their hand at STEM careers. Whether she is on British television or your stage, Maggie resonates with young viewers.
Boxing promoter and transgender champion, Kellie Maloney is using her platform to educate, inspire and raise awareness for the LGBT+ community. Since publicly coming out in 2014, she has faced adversity and discrimination, an experience that drives her career as a diversity speaker. When appearing at schools, she invites students to understand issues faced by the transgender community.
The Online Classroom
As the modern classroom continues to evolve, many schools and after school clubs are turning to webinar speakers to positively impact young people. Not every student can attend class in person, for a range of personal and logistical reasons, so countless teachers are turning to online seminars to leave a lasting impression.
Having found fame on Educating Yorkshire, Matthew Burton is one of the most impactful webinar school speakers available to book. As a teacher himself, Matthew can connect with students on another level. He can offer expert tips for public speaking, overcoming nerves and staying calm under pressure, relating to the struggles of students unlike anyone else.
Whether he is reporting from the International Space Station or the comfort of his office, astronaut Tim Peake excites students with his thrilling adventures. While on his space missions, Tim shared insights into his experiences through his #CosmicClassroom YouTube videos, which engaged over 2 million students across Europe. Pupils are inspired by Tim to learn more about space.
Pioneer of the STEM industry, school webinar speaker, Anna Nixon, infuses a sense of fun in such complex subjects as maths and science. Still a student herself, students instantly connect with Anna, forming a bond between speaker and audience. Anna's extensive understanding of robotics, science and mathematics means that she is well equipped to educate her audience.
School is a place for learning, but not all subjects are taught through tests and exams. Our school speakers can teach your students the life skills needed to excel in life, leaving you to focus on the key areas of study, like mathematics and literature.
One of the most impactful resilience speakers for schools, Richard Whitehead has overcome adversity to rise triumphant at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. With an incredible nine gold medals, he employed his steely resilience to overcome the amputation of his leg and discrimination from the International Paralympic Committee. For students, his story inspires them to build their own resilience.
Baroness Karren Brady
As a business leader, few boast the skills and strategies that Baroness Karren Brady instills in her young audience. She is an inspiration to prospective businesspeople, able to use her experiences to give them a headstart in their career. From negotiating and communicating to positive leadership, she is the ideal school speaker due to her highly successful background in business.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Titled as the World's Greatest Living Explorer by the Guinness Book of World Records, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has nurtured a strong sense of self-motivation as an explorer. While faced with some of the globe's most challenging terrains, he had to push through dangers and doubts to complete his mission, a skill that he inspires in his young audience.