Programme Resource

Young Birmingham Poets (Commonwealth Games Edition)

Added 04 Dec 2018

Current opportunities

We are currently seeking schools in Birmingham to get involved in our funded poetry programme inspired by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Young Birmingham Poets will run in the 2022 Summer Term and is aimed at class groups of students in Years 5 to 9.

The project will involve:

  • Engagement with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games though class visits to a local cultural venue

  • A poetry workshop with a local professional poet

  • Follow-up activities including the publication of an anthology of students' poetry and performance opportunities

To register your interest please email

Participant information

This area is for schools involved in the Young Birmingham Poets project and downloads on this page are restricted to programme participants.

Any resources for your pre-visit or follow-up activities can be downloaded from this page.

The project

Through a visit to a cultural venue, Young Birmingham Poets helps to inspire pupils to write poetry of their own.

Following the 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 25% of pupils receiving free school meals.

If you have any questions please contact

Schools will receive

  • A teacher CPD focusing on using a memorable experience to inspire reluctant writers
  • A memorable experience for students (this could involve a visit to a cultural venue or a socially distanced alternative)
  • An online or in person visit from a poet to work with the class on editing and performing their poems
  • Membership of the National Literacy Trust worth £100, with access to courses and resources to support literacy teaching in school
  • The opportunity for students to perform their poetry either online or in person
  • A chance for students to be published in an anthology

We ask that…

  • You deliver at least five lessons with your class using the venue workshop as inspiration for their poetry writing (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
  • You copy into all emails with cultural venues and poets

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