OtherWise Education


Writes of Passage has gone digital!

Thanks to the support of the Arts Council and the National Lottery, we are able to continue 

our writing network, even though our schools and workshop venues are closed.

Whilst we are focusing on our 2020-21 projects next year, if it is 'Writes of Passage' that has grabbed your attention for schools in your area, then please do still get in touch.

Writes of Passage is an ambitious project that sets up children and teachers from a group of schools into a lively, expressive and creative writing network.


 Sessions take place across the academic year, and we introduce children to a range of challenging and unusual writing contexts, working with them to find and develop their authentic authorship. Children will be encouraged and supported to develop writerly habits, and within each project, the children will produce a stunning collection of their writing; some from the sessions and some writing entirely from their own volition.

The design of the project recognises the additional emotional and pastoral challenges that can be faced by highly academically-able pupils; using Jo's coaching approach, we embed an understanding of the perils of perfectionism, a desire for challenge and independence, and a fear of failure. 

We currently have three networks up and running.

Original Network

Elmhurst, Nelson, Gallions, Keir Hardie, Southern Road, St Helen's RC, Dersingham

Primary (Newham Council)

Star, Kensington, Kaizen, Park, Elmhurst, St Luke's C of E

Secondary (Newham Council)

Stratford School Academy, Rokeby School, Sarah Bonnell School, East London Science School

Jonny and Jo are keen to set up more networks - either KS2 or KS3 - in different parts of the UK.

Get in touch if you are interested, or want to know more.

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