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About us

Our method

We challenge aspirations through valuing creativity and imagination, empowering young people to find their voice and write a brighter future for themselves.

Our learning model

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Children in charge

We allow learners’ imaginations to take the lead and put young people at the centre of all our programmes.

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Professional input

From poets to playwrights, story makers to speechwriters, all our programmes are devised and delivered by professional writers and practitioners.

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Small group mentoring

Our specially trained volunteer mentors provide individual support for young writers. All our volunteers are DBS checked and trained in safeguarding procedures.

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Educational partners

We work in partnership with schools and teachers in east London to help get their students buzzing about learning.

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Purposeful outcomes

We’re always working towards sharing, publishing or producing real work and partnered with organisations such as the BBC and UK Parliament to make this happen.

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Community

We create a safe and inspiring space where creativity can flourish and young people feel proud to explore their identities and localities through writing.

Our secret: inspirational mentors

Our specially trained volunteer writing mentors provide one-to-one support for young people during our innovative sessions.

They help children develop language and communication skills, giving them greater confidence – in education and in life. Children feel listened to and have their opinions valued and acted upon.

All our volunteers are DBS checked and trained in safeguarding procedures. You’re in good hands.

Our approach works

All of our projects are managed by our team of experienced project managers and we continually measure the impact of our work, to make sure it does what we say it will.

Our programmes offer the space, support and inspiration to bring excitement to writing.

We deliver unique learning experiences that translate to positive results in the classroom and our work is proven to:

  • Raise attainment
  • Re-engage children in learning
  • Support mental health and wellbeing
  • Deliver on school improvement priorities
  • Provide young people with broad cultural and creative experiences
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“THE SESSION REALLY HELPED THOSE CHILDREN WHO STRUGGLED WITH CONFIDENCE. THEY WERE ABLE TO PRODUCE SOMETHING Special. ”

Cracking it with creativity

Institute of Education: 3 year longitudinal study

By Andrew Burn et al.

We also commissioned a three-year longitudinal research evaluation of all our programmes by the Institute of Education. The study concludes the Ministry boosts creativity, motivation and communication in children.

Read the report

Discover some big stories!

See the latest in amazing writing and storytelling from the children and young people we work with.

Check out our Imagination Showcase