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Ann Bird

Ann Bird

Uses her experience as a top journalist to inspire children to become big news and stay safe online!

Ann shows how any child can achieve great things by taking them on her journey from launching her school magazine to becoming Executive Features Editor on the Daily Express.

They'll hear about reporting under gunfire, summiting three of the world's highest mountains, plus her bizarre interview with Dannii Minogue, and discover how they too can turn their dreams into reality.

As a mum, school governor and founder of AB Business Training, Ann is passionate about education and, as well as giving talks, can engage pupils through any of the following:

• Journalism exercises e.g. news-writing and mock press conferences
• Career clinics
• Fun Q&A sessions
• Feedback clinics on school magazines

Ann has also written columns for the newspaper SportFirst and has had the opportunity to interview many medalists and attendees at the Sydney Olympics as well as being a marathon runner and triathlete herself - although not professionally!

Internet safety talks/workshops

With huge experience as a communications expert and Childline Schools Service workshop presenter, Ann can also run workshops and talks for parents or their children to help them make sense of essential digital issues, such as online safety, internet privacy and cyber security. Typically these can include:

  • How do you set boundaries?
  • What are the risks children face?
  • How do you deal with cyberbullying, sexting and online grooming?
  • What tools are available to help parents and children?
  • How can families work together to stay safe?

Testimonials from Teachers

"I feel I've gained so much...Ann makes the subject come alive and she has a knack for telling it like it is. Getting a job these days is so tough - I'm really glad I attended"

– Student, Year 10​

"I just wanted to say thank you for coming in to school last week, the girls really gained a lot from your talk and went on to produce some excellent newspapers”

– Natalie Wilson, Headington School, Oxford

“Thank you for coming and making our afternoon very special. Your speech really was very entertaining and very apposite for the audience”

– Myra Amor, Deputy Head Teacher, Rainham School for Girls

“I feel I've gained so much...Ann makes the subject come alive and she has a knack for telling it like it is. Getting a job these days is so tough - I'm really glad I attended”

– Student

“Ann was extremely helpful and informative. I would really recommend her”

– Student​

“The online safety workshop was really useful as a parent and a teacher!”

– Parent

"Ann delivered the session in a calm and professional manner and the talk was very informative, with some good advice, ranging from helpful sites for parents, to leaflets and videos for young children”

– Police Neighbourhood Schools Officer

“Ann’s approach was very reassuring when dealing with such an overwhelming topic”

– Parent​

"I just want to follow up on yesterday’s talk from Ann Bird. She was absolutely super and so engaging with the pupils. She certainly knows her stuff and how to grab a group of Year 12’s attention. Highly recommend her and extremely personable."

– Fiona Stuart, Ashford School

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West Sussex


  • Technology
  • Enterprise
  • Creative
  • Careers
  • Women
  • Assemblies and Celebrations Events
  • Media
  • Parents
  • Online Safety

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