Hosting external speakers and visitors in Schools


Hosting external speakers and visitors in Schools

When schools host external speakers, they provide a safe space for students to engage with various issues and debate different perspectives. Schools must ensure their invited speakers are suitable and follow all safeguarding procedures.

Creating a School policy

Schools should create a policy for hosting speakers, both during and outside school hours. The policy helps schools set their own standards beyond the minimum requirements of the Education Act 1996 and the Independent School Standards. For example, schools might only allow organizations and individuals who align with their ethos to use their premises. They could also require speakers to agree to a code of conduct before granting permission to use the venue. A formal policy makes it easier for schools to refuse speakers if there are concerns.

Schools must ensure that any invited speakers do not undermine their duty to promote community cohesion. They should also be aware of any restrictions on how their land can be used.


Schools can use a checklist before agreeing to host a speaker. You can request an example checklist by emailing [email protected].

Out of hours and third party

The same considerations apply to events outside school hours if students might attend. If a school outsources venue management, the third party should follow the school's policy and government guidelines.

Last updated 17 June 2024