Inspiring children and young people aged 10-13 to read, write and perform poetry

Betjeman Poetry Prize supports schools on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people in KS2 and KS3 to experience and participate in arts and culture, by reading, writing and performing poetry.

What activity?

The BPP Artsmark offer engages pupils in the reading, writing and performing of poetry over the course of a year via a menu of activities including a national poetry competition, poet visits, teacher resources and a chance to win £5000 for the school.

Who for?

The Betjeman Poetry Prize is open to 10-13 year olds, so our offer is applicable for KS2 and KS3. The competition runs in tandem with the school year, closing on July 31st each year.

Why poetry?

  • Literature, especially poetry, which is easily accessible and can fit into lesson plans, plays a key role in pupil development. With the BPP Artsmark offer, pupils in KS2 and KS3 are engaged in reading, writing and performing poetry, leading to improved literacy, greater confidence and stronger self-esteem and ultimately, better life chances.

  • Poems offer a special way of thinking. Many of the cross-curricular themes and topics that act as a focus for learning and teaching in schools are capable of being illustrated through poetry. Poems can be a reflective and a succinct way to get a point or information across.

  • Poetry provides a gateway for young readers and writers on their journey towards becoming literate.

How does it tie in with the curriculum?

A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

By engaging in the BPP Artsmark offer, teachers will share a range of poetry and allow pupils time and space to be involved in creating, sharing and performing their own poems. Poetry activities tie in with the national curriculum’s aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language. Poetry also develops a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

How much does it cost?

Writing a poem and entering the competition costs nothing above the price of time, pens and paper. There is a range of options available in the BPP Artsmark offer:

Option 1 - FREE

Contact us and we will send you lesson plans, writing prompts, poems, suggested links and information on how to enter the Betjeman Poetry Prize. Our resources are designed to help teachers engage their pupils in writing a poem about ‘place’ which they may enter into the competition. Competition entry is free. Every child entering the competition receives a certificate and a badge.

Option 2 - £500

Contact us and we will send you lesson plans, writing prompts, poems, suggested links and information on how to enter the Betjeman Poetry Prize. Our resources are designed to help teachers engage their pupils in writing a poem about ‘place’ which they may enter into the competition. Competition entry is free. Every child entering the competition receives a certificate and a badge.

We will arrange one poetry workshop for your class/school. A professional poet will work with pupils to create a poem on the theme of ‘place’ to enter the Betjeman Poetry Prize.

Option 3 - £1000

Contact us and we will send you lesson plans, writing prompts, poems, suggested links and information on how to enter the Betjeman Poetry Prize. Our resources are designed to help teachers engage their pupils in writing a poem about ‘place’ which they may enter into the competition. Competition entry is free. Every child entering the competition receives a certificate and a badge.

We will arrange 2 poetry workshops for your class/school. A professional poet will engage the pupils in writing about the competition theme of ‘place’ and work with the pupils to develop their poems before entering.

To find out how the Betjeman Poetry Prize can support your Artsmark journey, contact Barbara Doherty at betjemanpoetryprize@gmail.com.

Find out more about Artsmark at www.artsmark.org.uk.

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