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Spoken Word Power is a fully funded, national spoken word poetry programme for primary, secondary and SEND schools, to engage young people in learning, writing and performing spoken word poetry. 

There are two strands to this programme, an in-person programme delivered directly in schools in London, and a digital programme, Spoken Word Power Live, offered to schools across the country.

The programme empowers students to engage in self-expression and schools to celebrate diversity of voice in the classroom and on the stage.

Teaching and learning from poetry can also:

  • Make language exciting, inclusive, and fun
  • Inject a love and appreciation of the arts into school life.

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Spoken word poetry is poetry intended for performance. With roots in ancient oral traditions, spoken word is characterised by rhyme and repetition, drawing on elements from the worlds of rap, hip-hop, and theatre. Spoken word is also a popular form to explore and amplify important messages of social justice and identity.

Participants in the programme can host their very own live poetry slam event, as well as submit a poem for publication in Eastside’s annual Spoken Word Power anthology.

With a range of free resources, Spoken Word Power’s programme delivers against KS2-4 national curriculum outcomes, while also supporting teachers and educators to achieve an Artsmark Award or focus on their Continuing Professional Development.