Approximately 15 Year 11 students, from Longfield Academy, were chosen to spend a day with Hilary Lyons from Speakers Trust.

Speakers Trust have been generously supported by the Colyer-Ferguson Charitable Trust enabling them to be able to offer this excellent training to a number of Schools in Kent and Medway.  Speakers Trust highlight on their website that they unlock potential through the power of communication. Their vision is “for every young person to be able to speak confidently and to be heard”.

Building Confidence

There were a number of very reluctant students at the beginning of the day, who felt uncomfortable with the idea that they would have to speak to a group of fellow students in an open forum. Some students tried to get out of the day, as they knew the day would take them out of their comfort zone.

Throughout the day Hilary worked on their self-confidence with a variety of exercises with the view that the students could talk positively at the end of the days session to their peer group.

Being able to communicate in groups is an essential tool moving forward as so many organisations will run assessment centres during their recruitment process, which may include a presentation.

Showing their growing self-confidence

At the end of the day all of the students spoke to their peer group about a situation that they were passionate about.  It was amazing to see how far the students had developed their self-confidence to speak to their fellow students.

Three of the students have been selected to speak at an Assembly with the view to one of the students who then may represent Longfield Academy in a high profile Showcase event.


The feedback following the event was exceptionally positive, however, the students mentioned that this would be of significant value in Year 10 as it would enhance their ability and self confidence for their spoken English examination.