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.


Talk Title

Subject / Skill Links

Brief Outline of Talk

When & where

Jackson Creegan


Owner – Jackson FIT

Life in Fitness

  • Mental Health
  • Aiming High
  • Business

Jackson is Founder and Head Personal trainer of JacksonFIT a fitness and lifestyle company working in South West London.


Prior to establishing JacksonFIT, Jackson worked as a Primary School teacher and has competed at a national level in middle and long distance running. Jackson will be talking to the students about his experiences of running a business, inspiring change in others as well as promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

  • 18 October
  • 14:00 – 15:00

John McCarthy


Held hostage in Beirut for over 5 years

Inside Out

  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • History

John McCarthy is a writer and broadcaster. On his first foreign assignment, to Lebanon in 1986, he was abducted, by Islamic Fundamentalists and held hostage for more than five years. Subsequently, this experience was explored in the book Some Other Rainbow (co-written with Jill Morrell). Alongside his writing John has worked in television for the BBC, ITV, Sky Arts and Al Jazeera, and on radio for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. He is a Patron of the charities Freedom From Torture and Hostage International.

  • 30 November
  • 14:00 – 15:00

Ed Warner OBE


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.

  • 29 January
  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sandra Cooper

True Crime & Legal Profession

  • Law
  • History

How the law affects our lives, the routes to becoming a lawyer and how criminal lawyers interpret law/criminal offences. This talk is perfect for anyone wanting to know more about the criminal justice system

  • TBC

Helen Steers


Partner at Pantheon Ventures (UK) LLP






GAIN (Girls Are Investors).

Why work in investing?

  • Business
  • Investment

Why work in investing? What is investing? Types of investments? Who are the investors?

Introduction to GAIN (Girls Are Investors) - a charity set up by investment professionals to improve gender diversity in investment management by building a talent pipeline of entry-level female and non-binary candidates. Their focus is to generate more and better prepared women for investment firms through early engagement with sixth form and university students.

  • TBC



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