Sparking creativity and conversation around SEND inclusion with the Tes SEN Show Poetry Competition


The Tes SEN Show has announced the launch of their brand-new national poetry competition for pupils in primary and secondary education to promote creative writing and conversation around SEND inclusion in the classroom.

Focusing on the theme ‘Dreams and Aspirations: a vision for SEND inclusion’, pupils are invited to put pen to paper and transform their thoughts, experiences, and aspirations into a poem to help encourage the development of dreams and aspirations amongst all children and young people, especially those with SEND. As a catalyst for open discussion, the Tes SEN Show Poetry Competition invites teachers to promote group conversation around SEND, how children and young people experience inclusion, and what they think it should look like.

The competition opens on Thursday 25 March, just under one month before registration opens for the Tes SEN Show 2021, the UK’s only dedicated special educational needs show. The Poetry Competition allows students, classes, and teachers can submit their creative works into four categories: primary (individual), primary (group), secondary (individual), and secondary (group).

When the deadline for submissions on Saturday 31 July arrives, the entries will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, including Cressida Cowell, the number one bestselling author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the Waterstones Children's Laureate 2019–2022, who will also be presenting the four winning authors and their teachers with their prizes at the Tes SEN Show on Friday 8 October 2021. The winning poems will be displayed for two days around the Tes SEN Show for all attendees to enjoy, then published along with the commended poems into the digital Tes SEN Show Poetry Anthology.

The Tes SEN Show Poetry Competition is delighted to offer the winning poets and their schools an exciting mix of book vouchers and resources, kindly donated by our Partner, The English Association.

Matt Govett, Event Director of the Tes SEN Show, said “we are extremely pleased to be launching the Tes SEN Show Poetry Competition to help end the academic year on a positive note after an extremely challenging time for all teachers and children and young people. We hope that by providing dedicated resources, students and teachers will feel empowered to develop the important conversation around SEND inclusion in the classroom.”

If you would like to find out more, submit a poem or download resources for the Tes SEN Show Poetry Competition, click here.

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