CALL OUT: Shadow Poet Educator wanted for East London primary school.

I am looking for a Poet wanted on a temporary basis to shadow my work as a spoken word educator in a primary school. This placement is unpaid and will suit someone wanting to gain experience in this field. I am placed at Curwen Primary School in Newham to carry out an exiting and lively experiment in spoken word education. To my knowledge I am the only poet teacher on a permanent placement in a primary school in the UK. The shadow will gain experience in planning and executing sessions with a variety of age groups in poetry spoken word, beat box and improvisation. In the longer term they will help work towards the school poetry competition (April 1st) and take part in other activities and trips relating to the Spoken Word Education Programme, an initiative supported by the Arts Council,  the British Library, the Southbank Centre, the National Literacy Trust, Goldsmiths University, The Book Trust, Apples and Snakes, Spread the Word, Arvon Foundation and others. Applicants will need to be available either on Weds or Thursday daytimes as that is when I am in school.

To discuss please email me details about yourself to managementpttATgmailDOTCOM

Deadline Tuesday 2nd March 2015

My Work as a Spoken Word Educator

In 2013 I became one of world’s first seven full-time Poetry/ Spoken-Word Educators, embedded in a secondary school in East London as part of the Spoken Word Education Programme. In 2014 I started a part time placement in a primary school. The same year I graduated with a masters in spoken word education through the MA Writer/Teacher Programme at Goldsmiths University. The Spoken Word Education Programme is supported by the Southbank Centre, the National Literacy trust and Arts Council England. The sessions focus on developing creatively confident and emotionally articulate artistic communities inside schools. Outside of this I have done workshops for the British Council, the British Library, War on Want and schools and youth centres across the country.

As well as poetry, I have given workshops in improvisation, clowning and how to produce a spoken word stage show. I have also worked with Cyc du Soleil: a bicycle solar stage and education project that visits schools across the country giving eco-poetry workshops alongside demonstrations of renewable technology. More information can be found at


Spoken Word Club

Spoken Word Club










Previous Feedback on Pete’s Workshops


‘a huge thank you for your responsiveness and participation in Urban poetry events here in Latvia. Thank you for coming here and thank you for sharing your energy, world view and passion for the poetry and stage. It was both a professional and also a personal pleasure for me to work with you.

(Ilze Saleniece, British Council Latvia)


‘I’d like to formally thank you for your contribution to what was an extremely inspiring, engaging and informative day.  Attendees commented that your presentation was informative and the information that you shared, very valuable.  Your input was immensely appreciated and I’m thankful that you were happy to dedicate your time.’

(Sidel Stewart, OnIt PR)


‘Every one really enjoyed it and ill be using your mic techniques every time from now on’

(Steve Biddle workshop organiser)


‘The pleasure of the spoken word in performance was reawakened’

(workshop participant at RISC)


‘I learned how fantastic the kids are at expressing themselves creatively’

(Teacher at Blessed Hugh Farringdon School, July 2009)