The Insight Programme

The Economist Community Editor, TV Presenter & Journalist during the Insight Programme


The HA Insight Programme is focused around our weekly speaker event that gives the Sixth Form access to a wide range of communities, opportunities and intellectual challenges. We also use it as a unique opportunity to build sophisticated conversational skills, inviting a small group of students to a sandwich lunch with the speaker each week. Our speakers throw open windows into unknown worlds, but more than that, the HA Insight Programme adds moral texture to the learning environment, allowing us to share and discuss ideas about honesty, integrity, politics, communication, society, diversity, discrimination and disparity.

Recent speakers have included Chief Digital Officer for international ad agency Geometry Global, V&A Director of Collections, a 17 year old organiser for the Student Climate Network, the Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra, and the President of the world’s largest human resources provider Adecco.

The talks all take place on a Wednesday lunchtimes – between 12.30pm – 1.00pm – and comprise a 30 minute presentation to about 100/150 sixth form students, followed by a 30 minute lunch and chat (with a smaller group of 10/15 interested students) format.

“It is part of a range of initiatives aimed at building a universal expectation amongst our students that high level ambitions can be realised, to give them a wider range of skills and ideas to access higher education, and in particular the top universities”.

The Lord Mayor of London with students after addressing the Sixth Form Insight Programme