Established by entrepreneur and Apprentice TV star Claire Young in 2010, School Speakers, has grown to be the UK's No.1 speaker agency.
With over 670 inspirational individuals on our portfolio, we are able to provide speakers to talk on a wide variety of subjects from sport and music to lifestyle and wellbeing.
We pride ourselves on our personal approach and efficient service and work closely with organisations to find the perfect individuals for their events.We understand the importance of enthusing, motivating and raising the aspirations of today’s students and so hand pick every speaker on our site, ensuring that they do just that. All of our speakers are experts in their chosen category, have experience of talking to a student audience and are recommended by teacher testimonials.
"Thank you for the presentations you gave, they were really interesting and gave the students a fantastic insight into how to set up a new business, especially starting out with little financial backing! We've had a lot of positive feedback from students, particularly as you are a young entrepreneur. If we have any future events which we think you might be interested in, I'll be in touch." Kirsty Murray, CIPs Marketing and Communications Officer at Newham College (London)
"Feedback from all the students today has been excellent using phrases like 'really useful' 'amazing' 'brilliant', 'what they tell you is right', one student told me he was now going home to revise!" Lee Jackson, Deputy Head, The Radclyffe School, Oldham
"From the minute Lee started to speak to students in Year 10 they were 100% attentive. An excellent mix of humour, fun and serious guidelines for their future got them interested, listening and actively participating. A number of days later I asked them to list the key points he made and many could still do so! All the staff who were present also commented on the quality and professionalism of Lee's presentation." Jo Smith, Head of Year 10, Allerton High School Leeds
Claire Young was made famous by her role as the highly driven runner up of series four of ‘The Apprentice’ where was dubbed a ‘Rottweiler’ by Lord Sugar for her tenacious approach in the boardroom and drive not to quit. She beat 40,000 candidates to reach the final and this experience inspired Claire to set up School Speakers. She also works within the media as a journalist and radio presenter in addition to advising the government on a range of projects supporting young people and women.
Claire started out her business career in roles at Colgate Palmolive, L’Oréal UK and AS Watson.
She studied Equine Science at the University of Bristol and remains a keen rider with her Irish sports horse. She has won several business awards and combines her busy career with being a mum to her young daughter Eva.
To find out more details or make a booking please call us on 01924 277343 or get in touch through our enquiry form.
Joy Marsden: I have just returned to my office after the interview event and I can only say how wonderful our students were. I think your presentation yesterday hit just the right note and prepared them in advance, not only to face the interview but to have the confidence to approach businesses just to ‘chat’. Thank you so much for being involved in this event and I look forward to seeing you in the future– Karen Betty, Skills for Life Co-ordinator, Northampton Academy
Truly incredible from beginning to end! His presentation was pitched perfectly for our students who sat in stunned silence listening intently to his amazing story. We really couldn’t have asked for a more passionate or inspirational speaker!– Lisa Green, National Enterprise Academy
The presentation was truly inspiring; our students really enjoyed listening to John's experiences in the Royal Marines and his role working for TV companies in the jungle and they realised they could be just like him. By working hard, broadening their horizons, learning new skills and believing in themselves, they too could achieve anything they put their hearts into. An inspiring day that left an enduring impression - fantastic.– Adrian Barber, Project Manager, Bigger Picture Arts
Just a quick note to say how much we all enjoyed Alex’s talk. He was an absolute trooper getting through 2 hours of talking with his voice slowly getting more hoarse! The students were fascinated by his story and the advice he gave them was priceless. Nothing I could have told them about the world of work could have had so much impact. The students were rapt and he responded very well to their questions. The talk was very memorable, funny and informative. We will definitely be looking to book him again next year.– Heather Wilson, Teacher of English/ Head of PHSCE, Portland Place School
Claire’s speech showed that she fully understood the ethos of the school; it was informative, encouraging and motivational. Pupils and parents have commented on how much they enjoyed listening to her and how much they appreciated the care she took to make our prize winners feel special. We will certainly use her ‘top tips’ to reinforce the valuable messages she passed on. Our only problem now is how to follow this next year!– Elizabeth Thomas, Head Mistress, Stonar School
Dynamic, forthright, bold, but utterly charming, Claire showed insight and understanding, offering pertinent advice to individuals and groups alike. A consummate professional and a true inspiration to all young women.– Ian Edwards, Head of Business, Tudorhall School
From my experience of working with Emma-Jane I would feel comfortable in recommending her self-esteem & confidence workshops and hope we can collaborate on some work in the future.– Sarah Green - Owner of Cerato Services