What is Spoken Word Power?

SPOKEN WORD POWER is a new, fully funded creative project supporting Primary, Secondary and SEND schools, as well as other educational institutions 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,  injecting joy into school life.

SPOKEN WORD POWER embeds spoken word poetry teaching, practice, writing and performance skills into the nation’s school life, and will inspire at least 20,000 young people over 3 years. Through participation, young people will develop the confidence, skills and creative know-how to write and perform their own spoken word poetry, showcasing their work at over 180 school slam events and at 15 major regional spoken word events (celebrating World Poetry Day), while becoming published in annual SPOKEN WORD POWER anthologies.

Spoken Word Power is generously supported by Arts Council England, John Lyon’s Charity and the UK National Commission for UNESCO. 
Are you a school based in London? Applications are now open to join our cohort for next year! Check out our Applications Page HERE.

This year’s theme is...

Speaking Your Truth


Click here to participate with your class

Simply download a free Speaking My Truth lesson plan and use 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 institutions 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.

Any educational institution working with students aged up to 18 is eligible to participate in this programme.


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

Is your school outside these regions? Get involved in SPOKEN WORD POWEROPEN CALL 👆  from anywhere in the UK.


Work with us for two years to embed spoken word poetry within the heart of your school. 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. 

In year two, you will take everything you’ve learnt to run your  School Poetry Slam independently and embed this in the school calendar for years to come. 

Applications for 2022 have now closed. 
To register your interest for 2023 get in touch with your local delivery partner below, or take part in our Open Call and have your students’ poetry featured in our annual poetry anthology! Click here to get involved. 

Project trailer

See what the project is all about and meet our Poetess Ambassador Jess in our Spoken Word Power Trailer below.


We are currently recruiting for partners to deliver SPOKEN WORD POWER in their region. Apply here.

Current delivery partners

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Spoken Word Power!