Please copy and paste the questions below into an email and send your answers to the education team at [email protected]. If you have any questions, please email us. Please note that The Poetry Society team is still working from home and that we only have access to one phone line currently. Please email us where possible. Our apologies for any delays or difficulties. If you would like to speak on the phone, please say so in your form.
Name of school or organisation:
Email of finance staff:
When would you like the visit to take place? Please also describe the length and frequency of the visit you wish to take place.
E.g. a one-off full day, a half-day, a regular after school club. Please be as specific as you can. Poets often get booked up around events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day, so it’s useful to know how flexible you can be.
Which year group(s) would you want the poet to work with?
It is unlikely that the poet will be able to cover every class in one day! Most poets are happy to do an introductory reading/assembly and then work in small workshop groups. The benefit to students is greatest when the poet is able to work with a group over a longer period, and we strongly recommend that, where possible, the poet is able to spend a full morning/ afternoon in session with each group. Please let us know if you have a specific idea of how you would like the day to be structured.
How many students do you envisage being in a workshop with the poet at one time?
We strongly recommend that there aren’t more than 25-30 students in one workshop. If it is possible to lower the numbers to 15-20, this will ensure that each pupil is able to feel the full benefits of a poet visit.
Please share any relevant information about your school’s Covid-19 response that might affect this visit. E.g. class sizes, classrooms, group work, assemblies etc.
Would you be open to a digital Poets in Schools visit, either as a first-choice or as a back-up in case lockdown rules change or a poet is required to quarantine (etc.)? We are currently making digital plans in partnership with schools and poets and would be glad to hear your thoughts.
Is there a particular theme that you would like to cover, or specific areas of learning that you’d like the poet to address?
What do you hope to get out of the visit?
Are there any target groups that you would like the poet to work with?
E.g. Gifted and Talented students, SEN students, emotional/ behavioural difficulties, etc.
Are you looking for a specific type of poet?
Are you working towards, or do you currently hold an Artsmark award?
If you are from an independent school, do you work with a partner state school?
Would you like us to add you to The Poetry Society’s Education mailing list, keeping you up-to-date on all the education activities and opportunities we have to offer?
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the visit?