Spoken Word Power

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    SPOKEN WORD POWER is a new, funded project supporting Primary, Secondary and SEND schools across the nation to creatively champion the spoken word, nurturing positive attitudes to language and learning and providing a platform for the vibrant voices of a new generation of young people.

    The project makes language exciting, inclusive and fun, and develops oracy, speaking & listening, and writing skills through inquiry-based, collaborative approaches, injecting joy into school life.

    This year’s SPOKEN WORD POWER theme: Speaking My Truth

    Participate in a two-year journey consisting of inspiring spoken word poetry workshops, performance opportunities for your students in school and in local performance venues, plus teacher CPD sessions led by industry professionals. 


    Year one:

    Students will work with a trained local Poet Educator to develop their very own pieces of spoken word poetry to perform in your School Poetry Slam to an audience of peers, families and teachers. Each participating class nominates one class poet (or team of poets) to represent them at a celebratory inter-school World Poetry Day celebration in a selected performance venue near you. You will also receive a high-quality teacher CPD workshop, and teaching resources to support your staff.

    Participating classes receive:

    • A Teacher CPD workshop in spoken word poetry
    • 2 x Spoken Word Poetry Student Workshops
    • Performance skills mentoring & support in hosting your own School Poetry Slam
    • Trip to the World Poetry Day celebration in a local performance venue with nominated class poet(s) performing
    • Login access to Eastside’s online hub of additional classroom resources supporting the project & discussion forum with other participating teachers
    • Your nominated class poems will be featured in our published annual poetry anthology.

    Year two:

    Taking everything you learnt in year one you will run the project again more independently. You will be supported by a refresher CPD session and access to Eastside’s online hub of creative classroom resources & support on hosting your own School Poetry Slam.


    • KS2-KS4 classes.
    • Primary, Secondary and SEND schools. 
    • Schools located in one of the following regions: Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Essex & London.

    Is your school outside these regions? Get involved in SPOKEN WORD POWER: OPEN CALL from anywhere in the UK.


    Simply download a free Speaking My Truth lesson plan and accompanying videos, to get your class developing their very own spoken word poetry, then use our Teacher Guides to help you put on your very own School Poetry Slam.

    All participating schools are invited to send us one poem to represent their school, to be featured in our published Poetry Anthology and featured on our World Poetry Day digital celebration.

    Spoken Word Power is generously supported by John Lyon’s Charity in partnership with UNESCO Arts Council England. 


    SPOKEN WORD POWER is a 3 year national spoken word poetry programme for school age young people. SPOKEN WORD POWER embeds spoken word poetry teaching, practice, writing and performance skills into the nation’s school life, engaging 24,300 young people from 315 schools in training programmes. Through participation, young people will develop the confidence, skills and creative acumen to write and perform their own spoken word poetry, showcased at over 180 school slam events, 15 major regional spoken word events (celebrating World Poetry Day) while becoming published in annual SPOKEN WORD POWER anthologies.