Sir Jack Petchey

Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge is a programme managed and delivered by Speakers Trust, the UK’s leading public speaking organisation and is supported and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. Our aim is to amplify young people’s voices by building confidence, developing skills and creating platforms for young people to share their stories and ideas to empower not only themselves but each other. In this way, we champion effective, positive communication to use in education, employability and social change.

Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge gives free communication skills training to Year 10 students in every state school in London and Essex. Through our workshops we empower over 30,000 young people each year.

Workshops take place during a school day with an approved Speakers Trust trainer. All our trainers are highly experienced professional speakers, all with DBS certificates and up to date safeguarding policy knowledge.

The project is generally run throughout the year to coincide with the three school terms although training may take place any time during the school year:

  • North & North West London: Winter Term – September to December
  • South London: Spring Term – January to March
  • East London: Summer Term – April to June
  • Essex: Spring to Summer Term – January to June
We asked Sir Jack Petchey CBE why he supports Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge…

“The Jack Petchey Foundation was created to inspire and motivate young people. Speaking in public is a skill you can use anywhere whether you’re at an interview or in front of an assembly. I am so proud of every student. To speak in front of other people takes a lot of confidence and shows, as I always say, that if you think you can, you can!”