Poetry Together

From Poetry Together

Resource type: Projects, programmes and workshops

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

Poetry Together is a free initiative that brings schools and members of the local elderly community together through poetry. Details of Poetry Together 2024 to be announced.

To take part in the Poetry Together challenge:

  • Pupils under 18 write a poem up to 14 lines long, OR choose a poem with any theme to learn by heart.
  • Schools make contact with members of the elderly community in their local area and invite them to do the same.
  • Arrange a get-together and perform your poems to one another.
  • Send your poems, picture and videos to poetrytogether@dukeseducation.com for the chance to receive a range of prizes.

Download a welcome pack with guidance on how to run the project.


  • Poetry Together Season starts in early September and runs through the end of November.

Cost: Free with registration.

About Poetry Together: Poetry Together was founded in 2019 by author and broadcaster Giles Brandreth. It is administered by Dukes Education, a family of schools and education organisations in the UK.

Further resources:

  • Poetry by Heart is a poetry speaking competition for students in schools and colleges. The Poetry by Heart website provides access to hundreds of poems, along with performance tips and other resources.
  • The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is the only award dedicated to children’s poetry. The accompanying shadowing scheme provides participating primary schools with the opportunity to take part in a poetry performance competition.
  • The Children’s Poetry Archive provides free access to recordings of poets reading their poems aloud, along with with supporting teaching resources and activities.
  • Find more resources to support poetry in the classroom here.

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