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Almost half of girls fear public speaking

Almost half of girls fear public speaking

April 12, 2023

Speakers Trust’s latest published research reveals a startling statistic: half of 15-year-old girls in England lack the confidence to speak in public. This figure highlights the crucial need to empower young people, particularly girls, with the skills and self-belief to express themselves in public forums.  The equivalent figure for boys is around 30%.  Still too […]

Speakers Trust is awarded a Skills Builder Impact Level 4!

Speakers Trust is awarded a Skills Builder Impact Level 4!

January 16, 2023

We are delighted to announce that Speakers Trust has been awarded an Impact Level 4 this year by Skills Builder. Skills Builder and Speakers trust have partnered to create a Speak Out Challenge Programme using the Skills Builder Essential Skills Framework, to further develop young people’s learning, confidence and life chances. The Skills Builder Partnership is […]

Mental Health and Education top of mind for young people

Mental Health and Education top of mind for young people

December 20, 2022

Mental Health, Education and Social Media once again top the subjects that young people most want to talk about. During the last school term, Speakers Trust, an education charity, have worked with over ten thousand young people across the country to build their confidence and improve their public speaking skills. As part of this programme, […]

A Conversation with Sean Kennedy

A Conversation with Sean Kennedy

August 10, 2022

Sean has been involved with Speakers Trust since 2005, he was instrumental in setting up the “Speak Out” Challenge and later became our chair of trustees. Sean stepped down as chair 4 years ago, but continues to support Speakers Trust’s work as an ambassador and supporter. We are so grateful for his continued support, advice […]

Lola Steinhauser Somers becomes Yorkshire “Speak Out” Challenge! Champion!

Lola Steinhauser Somers becomes Yorkshire “Speak Out” Challenge! Champion!

July 28, 2022

Lola Steinhauser Somers from Ryedale School wowed a packed audience at the Bury Theatre in the Royal Armouries, Leeds on July 6th and was announced the winner of The Yorkshire “Speak Out” Challenge! 2022. The Yorkshire “Speak Out” Challenge! 2021-22 is one of a number of regional public speaking programmes, delivered by the charity Speakers Trust in partnership with organisations across the country, […]

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