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Bradford Stories Festival participants' area

Added 12 Dec 2019
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Downloads on this page are restricted to project participants.

This area is for schools involved in the Bradford Stories Festival project.

Here you can find the documents that will support you in delivering the project, including profiles of the artists and links to useful resources.

If you have any questions about the project please contact

The project

The Bradford Stories Festival celebrates the different backgrounds, values and cultures of Bradford’s diverse communities, and provides creative experiences to help boost children’s speaking and listening skills. It is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

You get:

  • Places for 10 pupils at the first ever Bradford Stories Festival in autumn 2019 at Kala Sangam
  • Opportunities to collaborate with up to three other schools from across Bradford
  • Workshops with professional artists in Autumn and Spring terms
  • A teacher training session focused on speaking and listening
  • The opportunity to showcase pupils' artwork at Bradford Stories Festival in summer 2020
  • Free membership for a year to the National Literacy Trust

What we need from you:

  • For the same 10 pupils to participate in all activities, including attendance at the autumn and summer festivals
  • Select two or three pupils who struggle or are reluctant to speak to new people and use the adapted oracy assessment framework to observe them during arts workshops
  • Completion of the post-project evaluation survey by you and your pupils
  • Stay in touch with throughout the project, including flagging any challenges

The resources

Speaking and listening framework

This resource has been created to support learning for pupils in Years 5 to 9 who are participating in the Young City Poets project. The resource includes a series of lessons that explore the different forms of poetry being taught as part of this project. It offers a range of activities that have been designed to develop pupils’ poetry writing skills and prepare them for a performance of their poems. It also includes a detailed list of poems that can be used as models throughout the project.

Curriculum links

English – spoken language

The Bradford Stories Festival will support pupils to:

  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others

Due to the cross-curricular approach of this project, the following curriculum areas may also be touched on:

Art and Design

Pupils will work with artists to improve their mastery of art and design techniques


  • The knowledge, skills and understanding required for developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
  • Opportunities to meet and talk with people

Useful resources and documents