Programme Resource

Young Birmingham Poets Commonwealth Games Edition

Added 01 Jan 2022
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This area is for schools involved in the Young Birmingham Poets project and downloads on this page (coming soon) are restricted to programme participants.

The project

Young Birmingham Poets helps to inspire pupils to write poetry of their own.

Following a visit to a cultural venue, schools taking part in the project receive a workshop with a poet to help the pupils shape and develop their poems. Teachers taking part in the project reported improvements in their pupils' attitudes to writing and attainment.

This project is aimed at groups of reluctant writers in Years 5 to 9 from state schools with over 20% of pupils receiving free school meals.

If you have any questions please email Francesca Bonafede

Schools will receive

  • A teacher briefing session focusing on using a memorable experience to inspire reluctant writers
  • A Commonwealth Games/Commonwealth inspired memorable experience
  • A poetry workshop led by a professional poet
  • National Literacy Trust membership worth £100, with access to courses and resources to support literacy teaching in school
  • The opportunity for students to perform their poetry
  • A chance for students to be published in an anthology
  • A free Audible Premium Plus Annual Membership with 24 credits to use audio in lessons, tutor time and assemblies
  • Free books and lesson plans

We ask that…

  • You deliver two lessons with your class (lesson plans provided)
  • You nominate and ensure the inclusion of your students in the performance and publishing opportunities
  • You and your students complete the post-project evaluation survey


  • April/May 2022: teacher briefing session
  • June 2022: working with your allocated cultural venue and your allocated professional poet
  • July 2022: performance opportunities
  • September 2022: publication of an anthology of students' poetry

Our cultural partners

The Library of Birmingham

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Edgbaston Stadium

University of Birmingham

The Poets

Nafeesa Hamid

Jasmine Gardosi

Jamie Thrasivoulou

Lexia Tomlinson

Useful resources and documents