COVID-19 update: We have now returned to offering in-person visits by our school speakers, but will review this if circumstances change. Many of our school speakers are happy to make in-person visits now. However, we hope you understand that some still may not be. Where we can’t find somebody local to visit in-person, we will try to find someone who can visit remotely.
Request a school speaker
Teachers can request a free, trained school speaker to talk about humanism by completing the ‘Request a school speaker’ form. To find out more about how a Humanists UK school speaker could help you and your class, please visit the Understanding Humanism website.
How can parents and carers request a school speaker for their child’s school?
If you would like one of our humanist school speakers to visit your child’s school, you should write to their headteacher. Click here for a template email explaining why is is so important that young people have the opportunity to learn about humanism.
How can I become a school speaker?
We can offer free training for Humanists UK members who are interested in becoming school speakers. Please visit the school speaker training page to find out more.
Where can I find the School Speaker Area and Dashboard?
Only trained and active humanist school speakers can access the School Speaker Area and School Speaker Dashboard. If you are one, please use the ‘Login’ button on the top right of this page, and select ‘School Speaker Area’ from the dropdown menu that appears when you click on your name after logging in.
About Humanists UK and our work in education
Humanism is a non-religious approach to life which the Religious Education Council of England and Wales recommends be studied in schools as an example of a ‘non-religious worldview’. Humanists UK supports a broad and balanced education for all young people and recognises the value of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students. We feel the opportunity for children to learn about both religious and non-religious beliefs and values is essential if we are to foster social cohesion and respect for all. All children deserve guidance on ways to discover truth, meaning, and happiness in their lives, and how to judge the difference between right and wrong.
Humanists UK school speakers can contribute to this development in primary and secondary schools by increasing students’ awareness and understanding about Humanism. Using their life experience and knowledge, they can help to bring an added dimension to the classroom by helping children and young people think about issues from a different perspective.