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School Speaker Training

Humanists UK has been awarded the OCN London Quality Mark, certifying the high quality of our training.

How can I become a school speaker?

Have you ever thought about how you could use your knowledge and your life experience to help young people learn about humanism?

If the answer is yes, then you could make a successful school speaker as part of Humanists UK’s School Speaker Programme. Humanists UK provides a high-quality, professional support service to schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland via visits from trained volunteers. We are training Humanists UK members to work with teachers to raise students’ understanding of humanism and have a meaningful impact on the intellectual development of young people.


2022 School Speaker Training Courses

Course Date Course Location Application Deadline
3 December 2022 Online 28 October 2022

How to apply

You will find further information about the school speaker role in the application information pack.

Please note that courses are only open to members of Humanists UK, or those prepared to become members, and that we can only accept applicants who live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

We particularly encourage applications from women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds.

At present, we also especially welcome applications by prospective speakers from Wales, or who live within reasonable travel distance to schools in Wales, and particularly applicants able to deliver talks in Welsh.

If you are interested in applying for a course listed above, please complete and return the application form to by the application deadline for your chosen course. In your application email, please specify the date of the training course for which you would like to apply.

Applicants will be informed within 7 days from the application deadline.

To be among the first to find out about upcoming training courses as soon as they’re announced, please register your interest by completing the ‘Interested in becoming a school speaker’ form. We also use this information to decide where to locate future courses.

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.

Request a school speaker

Teachers can request a free, trained school speaker to talk about humanism from the humanist school speakers page.

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