Secondary Schools

SlamJam is a highly successful spoken word competition, in which young people write, and then perform, their own performance poetry, short story, or dramatic monologue. The focus is completely on the  quality of writing and performance – there are no costumes, scripts or special effects allowed. 


  • Who can take part? 

All young people of secondary school age are able to participate. There are separate strands for KS3, KS4 and KS5.


  • What am I expected to do?

Young people need to know the features of the particular genre they decide to use for their writing. They also need to learn about the vocabulary choices, and the performance details, that will make their performance arresting to an audience. 

You can be supported by professional practitioners who will visit your school to run workshops and mentor your students. You will also receive a handbook of resources to get you started, and a CPD session to ensure your staff know how to get the best out of the competition for your students. 


Schools will run their own internal competitions, and then their winners will compete in Regional and County Finals. These Finals take place in May/June each year, so you will need to ensure that your school competitions have taken place by then. Most schools start preparing for SlamJam after the February half term. 


  • What can I win?

The SlamJam Trophy is awarded to the school of the overall winner each year. In addition, the winner of each Key Stage wins an individual prize, and all Finalists receive certificates.

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