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 BHA 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.
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 the BHA’s School Speakers Programme. We are training BHA members to work with teachers to have a meaningful impact on the education of young people and increase students’ understanding of Humanism.
If you are interested in becoming a school speaker, please fill in the form here and you’ll be contacted when the next training course is being organised.
Upcoming training dates can be found here.
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 the BHA 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’. The BHA 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.