Serial Adventurer, Motivational Speaker and Scouting Ambassador.
James Ketchell > Schools

Info for schools

James has been speaking in Primary and Secondary schools throughout the World for over a decade and his enthusiastic and energetic style has inspired thousands of children from ages 4-18 years.

His values of kindness, resilience and never giving up as well as his love of the places he has visited are popular with schools.  James’ messages link to many schools internal values as well as connecting with learning topics as varied as The Frozen Kingdom, Explorers, Up, Up and Away, Rainforests and Mountains for example.

What to expect

Primary Schools

Separate assemblies for KS1 and KS2 between 30 and 60 minutes (depending on the age of the children).  Additional, smaller breakout groups of approximately 40-45 minutes can be included in a full day for children to be interactive with explorer kit, ask questions and gain more insight into James’ expeditions.

Secondary Schools

Assemblies with a focus on resilience, goal setting, motivation and having a strong mindset are popular for pupils in Keys Stages 3&4 as they approach a more formal education structure and exams.

James is currently on a National school tour – please email for more information, cost and availability, or click here for bookings.


  • “The children (and staff) were in awe of James’ determination, tenacity and positive attitude despite the difficulties he has faced.”

    Priory Lane Community School, Scunthorpe
  • “The speaker was fantastic, he kept the students riveted for the whole time he was speaking, what an incredible person and what a find! I felt very humbled by everything he said.”

    Mary Hare School, Newbury
    Assistant Principal
  • “Thank you to James for attending our school on Wednesday. Everyone, children and adults, were all incredibly inspired. They have already produced some work on the visit, recounts and their dreams and goals for the future.”

    Monkhouse School, Lincs
  • “James’s talk to the children was incredible. The children (and staff) absolutely loved it. There was a real buzz in the school. He gave the children such powerful messages about following your dreams and believing in yourself.”

    Juniper School, Maidenhead, Berkshire