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Request a school speaker

Teachers can request a free, trained school speaker to talk about Humanism by clicking here. To find out more about how a Humanists UK school speaker could help you and your class, please go to Understanding Humanism.

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. You can find a template email here, explaining why is is so important that young people have the opportunity to learn about Humanism.

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:

  • Wished that you could make a difference to someone’s life?
  • Considered the importance of making sure young people understand the world they live in more fully and how understanding each other’s beliefs can enable us to live together in harmony?
  • Thought about how you could use your knowledge and your life experience to help young people learn about Humanism?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you could make a successful school speaker as part of Humanists UK’s School Speakers Programme. We are training Humanists UK members to work with teachers to have a meaningful impact on the education of young people and increase students’ understanding of Humanism.

Training courses

Humanists UK’s next school speakers training courses will be in the following locations:

Bournemouth

Date: 29 September 2018
Time: 09:30–17:00
Venue: TBC, central Bournemouth
Application deadline: 31 August 2018

Cardiff:

Date: 6 October 2018
Time: 09:30–17:00
Venue: TBC, central Cardiff
Application deadline: 7 September 2018

Liverpool:

Date: 20 October 2018
Time: 09:30–17:00
Venue: Samaritans Training Centre, 25 Clarence Street, Liverpool L3 5TN
Application deadline: 21 September 2018

Cambridge:

Date: 10 November 2018
Time: 09:30–17:00
Venue: The Bath House, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2BD
Application deadline: 12 October 2018

You will find further information about the school speaker role here. If you are interested in registering for any of these courses, then please complete and return the application form to schools.training@humanism.org.uk by the application deadline for your chosen course.

Please note the course is only open to members of Humanists UK or those prepared to become members.

If the above locations are not convenient for you, then we hope to organise further training courses next year. If you would be interested in attending a future training course, then please register your interest here. We can then use this information to make sure we are locating future courses where there is the greatest demand.

Is it for me?

There is no strict expectation about the amount of time you’ll need to commit to visiting schools. You may have plenty of time and be able to offer regular visits to a number of schools in your local area. You may have other commitments and so only be able to offer occasional visits. Often school speaking can work around your other commitments and you’ll be given advanced notice of any requests to visit a school. As well as the obvious benefits of raising young people’s awareness and understanding of Humanism, you’ll have the opportunity, through working with teachers and children, to develop your own communication skills.

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.

BHA 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.

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