Launched in September 2014, Verse vs. Verse takes 500 children on a 3-year journey of discovery. In Autumn each year, children broaden their reading, using drama as a way to explore a range of different books and spend time getting to know different characters, places and stories. In the Spring, the children use this inspiration to develop their writing skills and in the Summer term the participants combine their skills by writing spoken word pieces.

Eastside Educational Trust is a registered charity with a mission to engage and educate school age children, through direct participation in the arts. We want to inspire all young Londoners to develop their potential, share their talents and enrich their lives and we do this by enabling young people to work with professional artists, in areas where our help is needed most.

This project is funded by John Lyon’s Charity. The schools taking part are  St Paul’s C of E Primary School (Barnet), Trent Primary School (Barnet),  Leopold Primary School (Brent), Hobbayne Primary School (Ealing), Addison Primary School (Hammersmith and Fulham), Kenmont Primary School (Hammersmith and Fulham), St John’s Walham Green (Hammersmith and Fulham), Norbury Primary School (Harrow) and Whitefriars Primary School (Harrow).


Verse vs. Verse around your school

Verse vs. Verse is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of reading, writing and poetry within your school and to look at cross-curriculum links to literacy.

Having poets, actors and creative writers in your school helps to raise the profile of writing and reading within the school and can create a real buzz amongst your pupils. The work done will encourage young people to approach a range of subjects and issues in new and original ways and it would be great to share this will all pupils.

Sharing the pupils work will add to their sense of achievement and promote creative thinking across your school. You could consider…

  • A Verse vs. Verse wall space- over the three years you will be able to display a whole range of work!
  • Performance/ video showing at school assemblies of any drama work done.
  • Sharing knowledge with other classes or year groups – students to lead different activities or to help model activities.
  • Readings of creative writing pieces.
  • Get the whole school involved in preparing for the SLAM! Host a mini slam at your school, get as much audience participation as possible. This will give your whole class the chance to stand on stage and perform their poems.
  • Organise an assembly on the day the spoken word artist is coming in and have them as a guest performer.

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