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Our event is taking place on Sunday 15th July 2018 with a central theme of 'Making Connections'. Speakers will be aged between 12 and 22 and their talks will be filmed and featured on the TEDxYouth YouTube channel. There will also be performing poets, singers and musicians as well as a production team comprised of young people. TEDxYouth@Harlow is a community event that will offer around 40 young people the opportunity to develop skills in public speaking, collaboration, creativity & critical thinking, performance, production and staging. Tickets for the event will be available at the end of May 2018 and the event expects to attract over 200 delegates and participants to the talks, performances, workshops and information stands.

Our Goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder - and provoke conversations that matter.

Speakers And Organisers

Introducing our fantastic speakers

  • Siobhan Barnsley

  • Harry Beavis

  • Dorothy Piestrak

  • Ellie Callaghan

  • Gabriel Cusick

  • Abigail Seymour

  • Whitney Wright

  • Maria Omer

  • Abi Kitson

  • Klaudia Chochorowska

  • Eunice Ko

  • Kelsey Fleming

  • Paige Cooper

  • Kani Kader

  • Salvatore Pagdades

  • Joshua Brown

  • Louise Turner

  • Jake Shepherd

  • Kayleigh Peplow Wolf

  • Charis Howell

  • Elvis Anoma-Amoabeng

Production Team

Fiza Asif

Evie Austin

Ethan Brayfield

Zaina Sadiq

Chloe Dicker


TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TEDx (x = independently organised event)

The ‘x’ indicates that this is an event organised independently of TED, but in the same spirit. A TEDx is a local program of self organised events that bring people together in a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, speakers gather to spark deep discussion and connection within a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised (subject to certain rules and regulations).

TED Talks

We all need a little inspiration!

There are hundreds of amazing TEDTalks you can view online at We’ve picked a couple of favourites to get you thinking – but of course it is what interests and inspires you that makes the best material.

Off Stage Action

  • Live Streaming Room & Social Media Hub
  • Music Hub
  • Research Hub
  • Steel Pan Band
  • Global Goals
  • Student Agency
  • TEDxYouth@Harlow Workshops

Social Media Hub

Get a backstage view of what it takes to run a TEDxYouth event, be part of the virtual TEDXYouth@Harlow community and have some fun with our TEDxYouth@Harlow Youth Reporters.

This hub will be buzzing with action all day and will live stream every talk so don’t forget to visit and add your thoughts about the day!

Music Hub

Passmores Academy offers an extensive extra-curricular programme for pupils which includes a pop choir, three soul bands, three steel pan groups, an African drumming ensemble, recording club, ukulele group, wind band, production clubs, composing surgeries as well as many pupil-led groups and bands. Recently, Passmores musicians have had the opportunity to work with the 5Live Wind Quintet, London Sinfonia, Harlow Chorus, Harlow Symphony Orchestra, Hackney Colliery Band, Industry Education in Music and Hertford Regional College. We also put on three productions a year, most recently ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Mulan’, ‘The Best of the 80s’, ‘Into The Woods’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. 

 At today’s event there will be performances on the balcony from two of Passmores’ Steel Pans ensembles consisting of students in years 7-11. 

 In the Music Hub area there will be piano and vocal performances by Leah Bartram, Abbie Tyler, Brooke Turnstill and Francesca Keenan.

Student Research Hub

Come along and learn about robotic singularity, whether nature or nurture is more influential in criminal behaviour, or how and why we enjoy musical theatre.
Our young people in the Student Research Hub will take you through their own research and show you how there are no limits when it comes to learning about and exploring our world!

Global Goals Hub

Two out of every three people in the world who cannot read and write are women and 31 million girls cannot go to school. The world’s 8 richest billionaires were as wealthy as the poorest 50% of the global population in 2016 and today, 1.3 million people live in extreme poverty!  

Come along and see how some of our young people are finding real solutions to some of the biggest problems that face our world today. 

Student Agency Hub

It’s not easy being a young person at times, and it’s even worse when you feel like you have no voice in your community. Visit our Student Agency Hub and talk to some of our StuPeds, a group of students who work alongside our teachers to improve their learning and ultimately their school.

Find out what it is like to be part of conversations about teaching and learning, and have your say about what really matters to you in school and in your community.

Rebecca Osbourne - Event Artist

Rebecca Osborne is a UK based Graphic Recorder and Visual Artist. Working at inspiring events such as TEDx, she uses her talent for visual communication to engage the audience and enrich their experience.
Graphic recording is an innovative way to aid understanding and an exciting and memorable way to enhance your event. Rebecca Osborne has recently worked with Sony, Winsor and Newton, Colart, TEDx, East Norfolk college, Suffolk County Council, University of Suffolk and the UEA.

The Host

Ian is an award-winning author and editor, a leading educational speaker and entrepreneur and a man who the IB magazine named as one of its top 15 educational 'visionaries'. He established Independent Thinking in 1994 as a platform for leading practitioners to share their work in bringing the best out of all children. Currently based in Rotterdam, he has lived and worked in the UK, South America and the Middle East and so has a special perspective on classrooms and systems, what works and what definitely doesn't.

He is the author of several best-selling books including Essential Motivation in the Classroom and Why Do I Need a Teacher When I've Got Google? (spoiler alert - you need good teachers now more than ever), is the man behind the Thunks® phenomenon and has also edited many books for the Independent Thinking Press. His latest book, The Working Class, will be published in 2018.

Organising Team

Dawn Moore has been teaching in Harlow for the past ten years and previously was a primary practitioner in Hertfordshire for eight years. As Foundation Learning Coordinator, she specialises in closing the gap for students with specific literacy and numeracy issues in KS3 and is a Leader for Project Learning as well as a Leader of Pedagogy.

Anna grew up and was educated in Harlow. After graduating with a first in Theatre from Leeds University, Anna began to explore the world of education, After starting in Newcastle Anna moved back to Harlow where she has been teaching secondary English for the last seven years. Anna is also currently studying for her Masters Degree in Children's Literature.

Steph is originally from a small coastal town in Australia and moved to Harlow in 2005 to teach at Passmores. After a move home for a few years, Steph returned to Passmores to study a MEd in educational leadership and work alongside the Teaching and Learning team to develop a grassroots, bottom-up approach to Professional Learning across the academy.

Kathleen Blake is in her sixth year of teaching in Harlow. She was born and raised in a rural town in Ontario, Canada and completed her education and teacher training with a specific focus on outdoor and experiential education. Her desire to become a classroom teacher brought her to the UK in 2011. She has taught maths, science, PE and Project Learning in her time at Passmores. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is currently working as a Leader of Pedagogy with a specific focus on differentiation

Host School Principal

Vic Goddard is proud to be a council estate boy from South London but suffers the curse of therefore being a Crystal Palace Fan; if you caught any of ‘Educating Essex’ he was probably the one crying.  Vic, from a young age, wanted to be a PE teacher and enjoyed 2 years working on the south coast learning and furthering his experience. During this time Vic realised that he wanted to be a headteacher and set himself the target of being a head by 40 and on the golf course by 50!  Four years in Cheam followed by a three year stint working in an international school in Cairo followed where he took on the role of Head of Faculty.
On returning to the UK Vic was fortunate to work with a truly inspiring headteacher in his first SLT role and in 5 years went from Assistant Head to Head at Passmores School (now Academy) in Harlow.  Vic feels privileged to be a headteacher and is humbled everyday that parents/carers are willing to trust him to educate their children.


Inner Armour - life changing psychology

In society we put Psychology into schools after the damage has been done.... why not before?
Inner Armour is an international training provider that is revolutionising the world of education. They are rapidly leaving the raft of high-cost, poor-quality mental health training companies in the dust and they are extremely affordable.

Inner Armour take postgraduate level psychology and coaching to educational institutions. This enables teachers and adults to learn the interventions and tools to apply the knowledge from psychology to their organisation and pupils, as well as to themselves and their families.

Inner Armour training is fast paced, positive and engaging and aimed at the real world. It enables teachers to access the fields of positive psychology and psychology without having to spend a decade reading.

Once completing their flagship 4-day programme it is highly unlikely that the school will need to pay for any mental health support again.

Inner Armour equips schools to;

- Design their own mental health systems that last for years and are rooted in top level academia and science.
- Understand why there is a mental health crisis and why just "patching" up kids happiness will never work.
- Understand how to source and use the relevant scientific and academic evidence and studies to improve their educational institution's development plan.

Inner Armour training is life changing and staff never need write a single word. The final action plan is written in consultation with them. Inner Armour do the "heavy lifting".

Inner Armour's impact spans across
- Reducing and eliminating staff absenteeism;
- Largely eliminating supply teacher costs;
- Retaining quality staff;
- Empowering positive whole school cultures scientifically;
- Arming teachers to defeat anxiety and depression over time with students;
- Training all staff to be able to coach all staff using psychology.

Inner Armour passionately believe in getting psychology into as many schools as possible rather than making money. One day we will all look back in wonder that we didn't train our teachers in psychology sooner to empower, protect, manage and improve their own mental health and the mental health of their students.


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