Our event is taking place on Saturday 15th July with a central theme of 'Taking Flight'. Speakers will be aged between 10 and 19 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 between 40 and 60 young people the opportunity to develop skills in public speaking, collaboration, creativity & critical thinking, performance, production and staging. Tickets for the event will be free and the event expects to attract over 250 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. The theme of the event is 'Taking Flight'.

Speakers And Performers

Introducing our fantastic speakers

  • Laila Mafemba

  • Abigail And Dorota

  • Michael Morris

  • Nikhia Cook

  • Paige Coney-Shaw

  • Rosie Carter

  • Syed Sameed Shariq

  • Ziad Ahmed

  • Jake Balding

  • William Tennison

  • Fiza Asif

  • Maisie, Sophia and Jamie

  • Jenk Oz

  • Maria Omer

  • Katie Randall

  • Katelyn Darrow

  • Rosa Goodwin-Drewett

Event Reporters

Safa Ahmad

Niamh Carroll

Eve Dunkin


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
  • Creativity Hub: 
  • 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!

Creativity Hub: STEAM Co.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

STEAM Co. aims to power communities to inspire their children with creativity.

STEAM Co. believes in the power of creativity and people to engage children, innovate business and connect communities.

STEAM Co. is a charitable initiative that gives school communities the inspiration and resources to run STEAM Co. days. These 'school days like no other' are days of creative thinking and doing activities across the crucial STEAM skills. They connect communities with schools and children with the curriculum and career/life pathways.

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

Jaz is passionate about the difference you can make. Through celebration and provocation she uses the transformative power of her own story overcoming immense adversity to motivate and inspire today's ordinary heroes - YOU!

Jaz delivers keynotes internationally across education, health and business sectors. Hugely motivating, with infectious passion and a commitment to facilitating measurable impact guarantee Jaz’s keynotes to be engaging, motivating and resourceful. Her background as a stand up comedian and presenter explain how she commands the stage.

Reading, writing and spelling were Jaz's tickets out of physical, and mindset poverty. This experience led her into teaching, setting up her own literacy consultancy then becoming an international speaker, consultancy, coach and a catalyst for change.

Jaz’s book, ‘The Power of Ordinary Heroes’, looks at reverse engineering her own mindset shift and pinpointing the pivotal part that others played. It provides a toolkit for anyone looking to embed ambitious resilience their career and personal life.

Jaz delivers keynotes at various large conferences including at TEDx. In addition to live appearances, notable TV moments include the BBC show, Hard Spell Abbey, featuring Jaz as educational advisor, writer and presenter and getting fired in the first week of The Apprentice. 

Organising Team

John McGee is in his fourth year of teaching in Harlow. He grew up in Dublin and after living in Spain for two years he returned to complete a professional diploma in education at Trinity College Dublin. Teaching then took him to Harlow where he now teaches French, Spanish and Project learning as well as working as a Leader of Pedagogy with a specific focus on online Professional Learning and Collaboration.

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.

Aislinn has been working in Harlow for 5 years at Passmores Academy. Aislinn grew up in Harlow and attended St.Mark's secondary school and sixth form. Aislinn teaches PE and Biology.

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.

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.


Twofour is an international award-winning factual, features & entertainment television producer with offices in the UK and US.Twofour produces original broadcast programming across all major UK broadcasters, from provocative documentaries to studio entertainment, ambitious fixed rig to slot-winning features formats.
Our shows include This Time Next Year (ITV), The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC Two), The Jump and hit Emmy Award-winning series Educating… (Channel 4), The Vote (More4), long-running format The Hotel Inspector (Channel 5) and international crime brand Born to Kill?.
Twofour was awarded Broadcast’s ‘Best Indie Production Company’ title in 2014 and 2010.

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