'One world for everyone – building an inclusive future for SEND learners.'

Through the theme of 'One world for everyone - building an inclusive future for SEND learners', the Poetry Competition invites teachers to promote group conversation around SEND, how children and young people experience inclusion and what they think an inclusive future for SEND learners should look like. Pupils are encouraged to put pen to paper and transform their thoughts, feelings and hopes into a poem. The aim is to encourage the development of an inclusive future for all children and young people, especially those with SEND.

Michael Rosen Announced as Chair of Judges!

We're delighted to announce that Michael Rosen will be chairing our 2022 Poetry Competition judging panel. 

Michael is one of Britain’s best-loved writers and performance poets for children and adults and has published in the region of 200 books for children and adults. He has written a book for children and teachers on writing poetry ‘What is Poetry?’ (Walker Books) and has done three booklets for teachers on writing and reading. He writes up a monthly news page on his website and a blog for teachers giving ideas for writing.  

Michael writes a monthly open “letter” to the Secretary of State for Education in The Guardian where he critiques Government policy on schools from the standpoint of a parent.  He visits schools, teachers’ conferences and university teacher training departments where he is in demand to give performances, workshops and keynote addresses. He also appears regularly at literary festivals all over the UK and Ireland, and we are so pleased that he will be taking part in the Tes SEND Poetry Competition 2022!

As a catalyst for open discussion, the Tes SEND Show Poetry Competition offers lesson plans to help teachers to promote group conversation around SEND, how children and young people experience inclusion, and what they think the future should look like.

The competition opens on Thursday 21 April and allows students, classes, and teachers to submit their creative works into six categories: primary 5-11 (individual), primary 5-11 (group), secondary 12-19 (individual), secondary 12-19 (group), further education 20-25 (individual), and further education (20-25) group.

Deadline for submissions will be Sunday 31 July 2022.

The 2021 winning poems are available to read, along with all competition entries, by clicking here to access the digital Tes SEND Show Poetry Anthology.
To inspire your learners to get creative in the classroom, we've created lesson plans for primary, secondary and further education settings you can download for free below.

If you have any questions about the Tes SEND Show Poetry Competition please contact Helen Longhurst at helen.longhurst@markallengroup.com.

Terms and conditions

  1. All entries must be entirely the entrant’s own work and must not have been published in print or online before the closing date of the competition.
  2. All entries must be in written English or recognised sign language, e.g. BSL alphabet; makaton, and no translations are permitted unless the poet has translated their own original poem.
  3. Poems must be no longer than 200 words.
  4. For the Primary (group), Secondary (group) and Further education categories, groups must be no larger than one class or study group size.
  5. To maintain anonymous judging, there must be no identifying marks on any poem or title. The competition administrator will match your entry title to your email address after anonymous judging is complete.
  6. Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  7. Feedback will not be given on individual entries or on the results of the competition — the judges’ decisions are final.
  8. By submitting your entry(ies) you are agreeing to allow Mark Allen Group copyright to allow publication of work submitted in future materials created for the use of marketing and other purposes.
  9. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged between 5 and 25 except employees of Mark Allen Group Ltd, including its affiliated companies, organisers, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  10. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  11. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  12. The closing date for entry will be 31st July 2022. After this date, no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  13. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  14. MA Exhibitions Ltd reserves the right to change the event timings, date and/or venue.
  15. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND CONSENTS. By entering this Competition, you are consenting to our use of your entry both to publicise this Competition, The Tes SEN Show or any other educational show we own or control. This means that we may use all names, images, descriptions, and other information, which you’ve submitted on entry, in any media, without paying you and without any time restriction. You will also have waived any moral rights or right to payment that you may have had.

Information and Support:
Sometimes we all need someone to talk to. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from further information or support on a range of mental health issues, the following organisations may be able to help:

  • ChildLine - a free, 24 hour confidential helpline for children and young people who need to talk.
    Phone: 0800 1111
  • Mind - provides advice and support on a range of topics including types of mental health problems, self-harm, legislation and details of local help and support in England and Wales.
    Phone: 0300 123 3393 (weekdays 9am - 6pm)
  • YoungMinds - offers information, support and advice for children and young people on mental health, wellbeing, racism and self-harm. Help for concerned parents of those under 25 is offered by phone. YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: text YM to 85258.
    Phone: 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm)
  • Rethink Mental Illness - offers practical help and information on a wide range of topics such as The Mental Health Act, living with mental illness, medication and care.
    Phone: 0808 801 0525 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm)
  • SANE - provides confidential emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness. It also provides a resource for anyone affected by suicide.
    Phone: 0300 304 7000 (4.30-10.30pm daily)
  • The Mix - provide non-judgmental support and information for young people under 25 on a variety of issues including mental wellbeing, sex & relationships, exam stress, money, drugs and self-harm.
    Phone: 0808 808 4994
  • Community Advice & Listening Line - offers emotional support and information on mental health and related matters to people in Wales.
    Phone: 0800 132 737 (24/7) or text "help" to 81066
  • Inspire (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) - provides local services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people across Northern Ireland.
    Phone: 028 9032 8474
  • SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) - can provide general mental health information and signpost you to your local services.
    Phone: 0344 800 0550 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm)
  • Place2Be - providing mental health support to pupils, families and staff in UK schools.
    Phone: 020 7923 5500
  • National Autistic Society - providing support, guidance and advice for those on the autism spectrum and their families.
    Phone: 020 7833 2299 (Monday to Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm)
  • Child Bereavement UK - helping children and young people, parents and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or a child dies.
    Phone: 0800 02 888 40
  • Information from the NHS on mental health
  • Information from the NHS on self-harm
  • Mental Health Foundation - provides a guide to mental health problems, topical issues and treatment options via their website.
  • LifeSIGNS (Self-Injury Guidance & Network Support) - an online, user-led voluntary organisation, founded to create understanding about self-injury and provide information and support to people of all ages affected by self-injury.