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About the project

Picture the Poet is a three-year project in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and Apples and Snakes.

The National Portrait Gallery will be creating a touring exhibition featuring high-quality photographic portraits of poets. We will be supporting schools to use this as a stimulus for teaching creative poetry writing at Key Stages 2 and 3.   

Our training uses an established and evidence-based model, which will give teachers a pedagogical approach that they can use for creative writing across the curriculum, as well as increasing writing attainment for pupils.

Participating schools will be offered:

  • A full day’s CPD training
  • In-school support to deliver a scheme of work relating to the exhibition
  • The opportunity to visit the exhibition with their pupils
  • Opportunities to make links with local artists and invite them into school to work with pupils as part of this project and wider curriculum work
  • The chance for pupils to share their own work with the wider community
  • The publication of pupils’ work in an anthology

About our partners

Apples and Snakes is the country’s leading organisation for performance poetry. It works with top class poets, storytellers, lyricists and rappers who can bring live poetry to life in your classroom. The long established Poets in Education Scheme (PIES) will introduce explosive performances, engaging workshops and memorable experiences to your staff and students. A visit from a performance poet is a great way to motivate young people, provide a positive and inspiring role model, build creativity and confidence, and develop literacy. It is also a great way to celebrate a national event.

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Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery, London aims to promote the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture. It holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, displayed in London and in a number of locations around the UK, including several houses managed by the National Trust. 

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.