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. 


    Grimm & Co – South Yorkshire

    Grimm & Co is a registered literacy charity in Rotherham which champions the writer in every child, changing lives one story at a time. We deliver workshops for children, young people and families, as well as running creative programmes with schools and in the wider community. 

    Email: gemma.thornton@grimmandco.co.uk Phone: 01709 829 750

    Writing on the Wall – Merseyside 

    Description: Writing on the Wall is Liverpool’s longest-running writing and literary organisation and festival. We celebrate and inspire creativity and writing in all its forms through inquiry, debate, performance and publishing. Our annual WoWFest brings together local audiences with the best local, national and international writers, artists and social commentators.

    Email: emma@writingonthewall.org.uk Phone: 0151 703 0020

    Essex Book Festival  – Essex

    Description: Essex Book Festival is a multi-discipline dynamic, fun and challenging festival that celebrates storytelling in all its forms. Taking place in over forty venues across Essex from Martello Towers to Tudor Palaces, Lecture Halls to Lightships, Castles to Classrooms, it welcomes people from all ages and communities to get reading, writing, and performing, while also savouring the delights of some of the UK’s leading artists and writers. 

    Email: ros@essexbookfestival.org.uk Phone: +44 (0) 7913 061948

    Greater London – Eastside 

    Eastside is an arts charity, based in Hackney, that exists to help young people develop their creative thinking so that they are able to become the problem-solvers of tomorrow, empowered to build a better society. We achieve this by engaging children and young people through direct participation in the arts, enabling them to work with professional artists and creative practitioners.

    Email: schools@eastside.org.uk Phone: 020 7033 238


    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.