Become a School Speaker

Please contact Karin Reynolds, our school speaker co-ordinator, to request a school speaker application form.

Common questions

What do Animal Aid speakers do?

In primary schools our representatives run sessions on animal welfare and pet care. In secondary schools they give talks and involve students in activities on issues such as general animal rights, vegetarianism, and animal experiments. Some representatives also give cookery demonstrations in secondary food technology lessons.

What are the requirements for being a school speaker?

In order for you to be able to fulfil this role you will be required to have good communication skills and be able to relate to young people. You will need to have a good knowledge of animal rights and veganism. You also need to be well organised and respond to emails quickly. It is essential that you are punctual and reliable and that you are well presented when visiting a school.

Other requirements include being vegan, agreeing to Animal Aid’s aims and objectives (including being opposed to all animal experiments and to the use of intimidation and violence), having a DBS check (we can arrange this if you don’t have one), and accepting the necessity of taking medication, including vaccinations, when recommended by a doctor.

Do I have to agree with all of Animal Aid's aims and objectives?

Yes. When you apply to be a speaker for Animal Aid you have to state that you are opposed to all animal experiments and that you are vegan. You also need to agree with Animal Aid’s policy of non-violence and non-intimidation. See Animal Aid’s Aims and Objectives.

Do I need to attend a speakers' training workshop?

This is a requirement for all new speakers. However, if you live in an area where no workshops are scheduled to take place, we may be able to make alternative arrangements such as carrying out a phone interview and arranging in-service training with an experienced speaker in your area.

What happens at the training workshops?

At the speakers’ workshops, delegates receive instruction and discuss issues relating to speaking in schools. Depending on the type of workshop, delegates are required to give a short two-minute talk, give a short practice cookery demonstration with a partner, or demonstrate a primary age activity to the group. Delegates are assessed during the day and are informed as to whether or not they have passed a few days after the workshop. Following the workshop, most delegates will undergo a period of in-service training which involves observing an experienced speaker and then being observed giving a talk to a class, which is assessed.

Where and when are the forthcoming training workshops and how do I register to attend?

Please email Karin to find out about workshops locations and dates.

Are training workshops free?

Attendance is free but there is a booking deposit of £15, which is refundable after the workshop has taken place. You will need to pay for your own travel to and from the venue.

How many talks will I be expected to give?

The number of talks you will be asked to give depends on how many requests we receive in your area. The number of talks you agree to undertake is entirely up to you.

How are requests for school talks generated?

The Animal Aid Education Department mails out to schools on a regular basis (usually once a term), offering talks on a range of subjects. In conjunction with Animal Aid, school speakers can, if they wish, also organise their own mailings to schools in their local area.

Can I choose which age group to talk to?

Yes, you can give talks to just primary children, or just secondary students, or both. It’s up to you.

What issues will I be required to talk on?

Animal Aid speakers are asked to give talks on a variety of animal rights issues, although the most common topics are general animal rights, animal experiments and veganism.

Will I be expected to talk about all the issues?

Although many speakers cover all issues, you don’t have to commit yourself to giving talks on all the issues if you don’t want to.

Are Animal Aid school speakers required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check?

Yes, all Animal Aid speakers are required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you don’t have one Animal Aid will obtain one for you once you have qualified as a speaker.

If you have any other queries, please email Karin Reynolds, our school speaker co-ordinator.