David Cameron, Lily Cole and Eliza Manningham-Buller to inspire secondary students as ‘Speakers for Schools’ returns

Politicians, supermodels and sports stars will be blitzing state schools next week in the hope of passing on some of their tips for success to the next generation. This is from the Independent

This initiative marks the second anniversary of the founding of “Speakers for Schools” – set up by BBC economics editor Robert Peston as an attempt to provide young people in secondary schools across the UK with access to inspirational speakers.

The glittering array of the speakers will include Prime Minister David Cameron, his deputy Nick Clegg and Labour’s shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, from the world of politics, as well as supermodel Lily Cole, Nicholas Hytner, the executive director of the National Theatre, the former director of MI5 Eliza Manningham-Buller, ex-England rugby player Will Greenwood and tennis coach Judy Murray – mother of Andy.

The week coincides with the launch of the i’s campaign to persuade more state schools to make use of inspirational alumni to inspire the current generation of young people in our schools.

“The more confident and ambitious our young people can become, the better placed Britain will be to meet the profound economic challenges ahead,” said Mr Peston…

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Whether celebrities or just former pupils who’ve moved into interesting jobs, is it a good thing for schools to do as much as they can to bridge the gap between education and employment? What approaches have you seen or been involved in that you think have worked particularly well? Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

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