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Frequently asked questions about our School Speaker programme

What does a speaker do?

School speakers make presentations to local schools and youth groups to promote understanding of human rights and raise awareness of our work and current campaigns. Presentations can vary from a 10 minute assembly to leading a class for one hour or more.

How do I become a speaker?

You need to attend and successfully complete a speaker training day. These generally run from 10am-5pm and we do vary the days of the week offered. Sessions are held at our Human Rights Action Centre in London and at different regions across the country to reduce travelling times for those wishing to attend.

Can I select the age range I speak to?

Yes. We have separate lists for Primary and Secondary school speakers. You will only be asked to speak to the school age you select.

Will students be receptive?

In most cases students are very keen to hear from outside speakers and learn about human rights. Our training and resources will help you to make your sessions engaging. You will not be left alone with students; teachers should be present to ensure student behaviour.

How do schools find about me?

Once trained, you will be listed in our Speakers List which is sent out to schools on request. You will have a biography in which you indicate the topic areas you like to speak on.

What are the costs?

Our training is free. If requested, schools will usually reimburse you for any travel costs associated with their events and often offer to do so when they first make contact.

What about checks?

Once you have successfully completed training we will provide you with a form for completing your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 

We require this of all speakers. Once you have successfully completed this process your name will be added to the Speakers List.

How often will I be requested?

This varies hugely, depending where you live and on how much effort you make to reach out to nearby schools. Some speakers speak very frequently, others are only once a year or less.

What support do I get?

We have a member of staff who is responsible for supporting speakers. We also provide speakers with a range of high quality materials, including films and PowerPoints on a range of subjects which can be adapted by speakers for different speaking occasions.

Why become a speaker?

This is a way to make a different kind of impact in your own community, engage through education and make sure the next generation cares about human rights! Human rights aren't always taught in schools, so it's important that we do what we can to get young people to know and care about them.

Is there a selection process?

We welcome all applications for the Speaker Training Days. If you have a passion for human rights and would like to communicate the message to young people we can train you to speak to them about their rights.

How often will I be asked to make presentations?

How many assignments speakers take on is very much up to the individual speaker. You decide whether or not to accept a speaking request - generally based on your availability and confidence that you can deliver the session that has been requested.