TEDdington Talks

TEDdington talks are part of our future ready programme which works closely with businesses in the local area to develop a series of TED Talks for students.

Following the pandemic, we feel rebuilding links with local businesses is essential for our community to thrive and is just one of the many reasons that we have looked to develop these links within the local area.

The variety of talks will enable students to work on developing key employability skills away from the classroom whist also looking to open students’ minds to a variety of jobs and the skills they entail. Each week there will be a talk from an expert in their field of expertise – some of these talks will be directed to specific students, some will be available through a sign-up option. These will be promoted each week through tutor times and will be on the interactive screens around the school.

Who
Talk Title
Subject / Skill Links
Brief Outline of Talk
When & where
Billy Allington
 
Professional Boxer
Teddington School to Southern Area & English
Champion
  • All subjects
  • Problem solving
  • Staying positive
  • Aiming high
Billy, a former Teddington School student, will talk about his journey to becoming English & Southern Area Champion. Billy has had a highly successful career in which he has shared the ring with Olympians to World Champions. Billy now competes out of one of the best gyms in the UK! Bring some PE kit for some optional training too.
  • Friday 25 November
  • 13:00 – 14:00
  • Theatre
Andrew Butcher
 
Head of Foreign Exchange Trading
 
Bank of England
Economics in Practice
  • Business
  • Economics
This talk will look at the work of the Bank of England and the role of economics in that work. Showing how the Bank provides a safe/secure means of payment, targets stable prices, and seeks to maintain a sound and resilient financial system. It will show how the work of the Bank of England – as the UK’s central bank - impacts on individuals and organisations across the UK. Andrew will be talking weeks after the Bank of England warns of the longest recession in 100 years.
  • Thursday 1 December
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • Theatre
Dr Wanda Wyporska
(CEO)
 
Society of Genealogists
Moving sideways, moving up: finding something you care about
  • All subjects
  • Listening
  • Problem solving
  • Staying positive
  • Aiming high
  • Leadership
Dr Wanda Wyporska will share her experiences of success, failure and why you shouldn't ignore your passions. Dr Wanda will talk about her variety of jobs and how she became a charity Chief Executive. 
  • Wednesday 7 December
  • 11:25 – 12:25
  • Theatre
  • Year 7
 
Andrew Hanson
MBE BSc (Hons)
 
National Physical Laboratory
Measurement of Colour & Inventing Electronic Musical Instruments
  • Science
  • Music
  • Teamwork
  • Aiming high
  • Staying positive
  • Problem solving
What colour & measurement is and how tricky colour is to measure. Inventing Electronic Musical Instruments (starting with the three main electronic components: the resistor, capacitor, & inductor - we race through the crazy world of inventions & inventors that lead to where electronic music technology is today). The talk contains some humorous stories – like people not being given an Oscar because they weren’t in the musicians’ union & financiers throwing technology in a river because it annoyed them.
  • Thursday 8 December
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • Theatre
  • Year 11 Triple Science
Caitlin Limmer
 
Personal/ business life coach & motivational speaker
40 minutes
  • All subjects
  • Listening
  • Problem solving
  • Staying positive
  • Aiming high
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
In 2004, Caitlin’s husband was told Caitlin had just 40 minutes to live. The illness and an additional rare blood cancer MDS has made Caitlin grab every opportunity life has thrown her way ever since – and she is committed to enabling others to do the same. The talk brings three life ingredients that Caitlin has learnt that will get you thinking about your life in a more excited and motivated way.
  • Wednesday 14 December
  • Year 11 09:00 – 10:00
  • Year 12 & 13 10:00 - 11:00
  • Theatre
Richard Alston
Professor of Roman History
 
Royal Holloway University of London
Leading and Team Building in Crisis
  • All subjects
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
Modes of leadership tend to be inspirational, emphasising the achievements of the great leader. In such a mode, the leader is expected to have the answers. Leadership is about building teams and community. It is about relationships and trust. Lavishly illustrated with examples of what not to do from history, I talk through challenges and methods of effective leadership.
  • Thursday 5 January
  • 15:00
  • Theatre
Natalie O'Rourke
 
RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association)
Believe to
Achieve - The Power of Positivity
 
  • All subjects
  • Staying positive
  • Aiming high
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
Natalie O’Rourke MBE will talk about the heart-wrenching and heart-warming story of how she raised over £1.5M to save Park Lane Stables in Teddington. Natalie will talk about how she then went onto write a book and got an MBE.
This talk is about standing up for what you believe in and never giving up; believing that you can achieve anything no matter what obstacles stand in your way and having the resilience to see things through to a successful conclusion
  • Thursday 12 January
  • 15:00
  • Theatre
Ed Warner
 
GB Wheelchair Rugby &
Palace for Life Foundation
Lessons from the world
of sport
  • All subjects
  • Listening
  • Problem solving
  • Staying positive
  • Aiming high
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
GB Wheelchair Rugby team overcoming adversity to win Gold at the Tokyo Paralympics. Life and career lessons from my 15 years leading sports in the UK. The highs and lows – from working with coaches who help athletes win gold medals to dealing with drugs cheats. Advice on how to get into the sports industry as a career choice.
  • Wednesday 18 January
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • Theatre
Unilever
Supply Chain & Marketing
  • Apprenticeships
  • Business
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Speaking
The talk will be around Unilever’s careers program, Unilever as an organisation, opportunities within Unilever (apprenticeships, industrial placement years and the graduate scheme). You will get to hear personal experiences from Ali (Marketing Apprentice) and Ayse (Supply Chain).
  • Thursday 19 January
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • Theatre
Sue Wallman
 
Author & former magazine journalist
What does it take to be a published author?
  • English
  • Creativity
  • Aiming high
  • Staying positive
How do you get published – and how do you stay published? What are the highs and lows of a writing career? This talk will give the inside track on everything Sue has learned about the publishing industry as a magazine journalist and author
  • Thursday 26 January
  • 15:00
  • Classroom tbc
Lizzy McManus
 
University of Surrey 
Careers in Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Aiming high
  • Leadership
The talk with cover careers in psychology, with a particular focus on Clinical Psychology. We will explain what different types of psychologists do, how to become a psychologist and the importance of the profession being representative of the people we support!
  • Thursday 2 February
  • 15:00
  • Classroom tbc
Dr Hui
 
Teddington School
Discovery
  • Science
  • History
  • Creativity
  • Aiming high
  • Problem solving
How scientific discoveries are really made, from paper aeroplanes to killer whales to pulsars.
Why geniuses don’t make discoveries.
  • Thursday 9 February
  • 15:00
  • Theatre
Lord Peter Chadlington
 
UK Parliament
House of Lords
Advising Prime Ministers to international companies- what’s the secret?
  • History
  • Politics
  • All skills
Lord Chadlington’s career spans politics, public relations, and journalism. Lord Chadlington has advised various Prime Ministers – including Sir John Major and David Cameron. He was made a member of the House of Lords in 1996.
Most recently he founded his most recent strategic communications firm – The Chadlington Consultancy. He is Chairman and advisor to various international companies.
  • Monday 27 February
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • Theatre
Essex University
 
 
 
Exploring Higher Education (Making Choices)
  • All subjects
This talk will seek to explain what University entails and the opportunities available to you, looking in detail at the benefits of university and why you should go, things to think about when choosing your course and specific university and briefly outlines UCAS and the application process.
  • Thursday 2 March
  • 15:00
  • Theatre
Dr Kim Salmons Professor of Modern Literature
St Mary’s University
Everything begins with an idea
  • Maths
  • Science
  • English
  • History
  • Business
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
Dr Kim Salmons will talk through a brief history of Creativity. This talk will explore fundamental theories of creativity. Dr Salmons will discuss why the imagination and our ability to articulate our thoughts and ideas remains one of the most important life skills, not just for individual fulfilment but for the future of society. 
  • Thursday 9 March
  • 15:00
  • Theatre
Teddington Students
 
TBC
TBC
TBC
  • Thursday 30 March
  • 15:00
  • Theatre

 

 

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