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Welcome to OtherWise Education.

Whether online or offline, we are at your side, promoting creative writing, powerful literacies, self-reflection and even a bit of joy!

Click 'Our Projects' to see how we can work with you through COVID-19 times.


We work alongside schools to develop rich and dynamic learning cultures,

which empower children, young people and the adults who support them.

The academic is vital, but it is not enough.


We believe that for pupils to harness the full potential of their intellect, they need opportunities to consider their values, communicate clearly and effectively, and reflect upon themselves and their relationships with others.

We run a range of projects with pupils which develop their self-expression and self-understanding. These include Poetry Retreats, Poetry Residencies, Writes of Passage writing networks, and KUDOS, our self-leadership programme. When we run these projects, we want for the experience to be transformative, thought-provoking and (unapologetically) enjoyable. 

We work with schools in a variety of ways to help embed the kinds of healthy learning cultures which support teachers and pupils to maximise their time together. We have a range of training sessions we can run in your schools, alongside more sustained development partnerships.


When creativity, knowledge and self-confidence interweave, children and their teachers can achieve remarkable things together. 

From June 2020, we are supported by the Arts Council Emergency Response Fund, with money  from the National Lottery. This generous support is enabling us to adapt our organisation to lockdown, and to the new realities facing schools in 2020-21. Our Arts Council/National Lottery funding supports us to restructure our aims, continue KUDOS and Writes of Passage digitally, and to develop new projects to support children and teachers in 2020-21.

Jo Castro

Coach, OtherWise

Jo runs learning projects and training, as well as leading on coaching. She is a freelance coach, and former specialist teacher. Her site is here.


Jonny Walker

Founder, OtherWise

Jonny leads OtherWise, runs learning projects, training and consultancy  He is a former teacher, an SLE and Assistant Headteacher.

Adisa the Verbalizer


Adisa runs Poetry Retreats and leads staff training and development on poetry with Jonny. He is a dynamic poet and public speaker.

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