See new landscapes.


Welcome to OtherWise Education.

We promote creative writing, powerful literacies, self-reflection and even a bit of joy!

Click 'Our Projects' to see how we can work with you.


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


Jo runs learning projects and training, as well as leading on coaching. She is a freelance coach, and former specialist teacher. Jo co-facilitates KUDOS, Writes of Passage and the Connected Teacher Programme.

 Visit Jo's website.


Jonny Walker

Founder, OtherWise

Jonny leads OtherWise, teaches the projects and runs the CPD.  He is a former primary teacher, SLE and Assistant Headteacher. He has co-authored a book on teaching poetry with Michael Rosen. 


Adisa the Verbalizer


Adisa co-facilitates Poetry Retreats and leads staff training and poetry projects with Jonny. He is a dynamic event host and is a published poet, author of 'Lip-Hopping with the Fundi Fu'.

Follow him on Instagram.