Pop Up Festival in Kent special schools

Between 2019 – 2021, using funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Pop Up Projects is working with Kent Special Educational Needs Trust (KSENT) to bring over 2,000 children of various ages and a diverse spectrum of needs into Pop Up Festival.

This partnership will connect 23 special schools in Kent with exceptional books and inspiring authors for a celebration of reading, creative writing and visual and multisensory storytelling. Through rhythm and rhyme, drawings and visuals, objects and textures, music and drama, fiction, nonfiction and poetry, we will engage learners of all levels, and provide teachers with opportunities to learn fresh ways to engage children with books and co-develop teaching resources with the help of children’s authors.

Polly Ho-Yen – Pop Up Festival 2017 – A National Schools Literature Festival

Participating KSENT schools will receive:

For Pupils:

  • Up to 15 copies per classroom per year of exciting, quality contemporary children’s book titles
  • Authors planning with teachers and delivering bespoke interactive, creative workshops for every participating class
  • Some workshops taking place in stimulating external venues (museums, galleries, outdoors etc.)
  • Resources for visual, tactile and other multisensory approaches to story exploration
  • Free Pop Up Magazines packed with content and resources to inspire reading, writing and drawing

For teachers:

  • Co-planning and bespoke resources creation through author-teacher partnerships
  • Development of teachers’ creative writing and illustration skills through author-led CPD
  • Connections to share practice and insights at an end-of-project conference in 2021

For schools:

  • Support to embed Pop Up Festival in Artsmark journeys
  • Meaningful, expert-led longitudinal evaluation to measure impact on pupils and teachers
  • Joint research elements and partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University

For authors and museum educators:

  • Training to equip more children’s authors with new SEN-specific knowledge and skills
  • Learning collaborations to increase accessibility with museums, galleries, heritage and outside spaces with little experience of SEN provision

To find out more about the project contact [email protected]