Cherry Willingham School, Lincolnshire

“It’s been exciting for the students to take part. The students have been engaged and have benefitted from looking at writing from a different angle from what’s usually delivered in the classroom.” – Carolyn Deighton, Head of English, Cherry Willingham School

Writer in Residence Steve Cawte worked with Year 8 students over a twelve week period to develop a piece of first person narrative writing and to enthuse them about poetry.

Twenty four students took part in the residency, which was intentionally aimed at both lower ability and gifted & talented groups. The objective of the residency was to raise attainment levels in Year 8 literacy and general enthusiasm in creative writing through exploring different skills and techniques to improve the participants’ writing.

Here’s what the young people told us:

“I had a great time. Steve had some good tips and ideas for helping me to improve my spoken word skills, even when I struggled.”

“I enjoyed the experience and it went really well. I was proud of what I wrote and was surprised at the effect spoken word can have on people.”

“I enjoyed developing my own poems and listening to other people’s poems.”