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Speak Up North 2024

Find out more about this year's winners and read their fantastic poems and short stories

Explore the Speak Up North 2024 Anthology

The first theme for our first-ever Speak Up North competition was Belonging. The many wonderful entries explored themes of family and friendship, place, culture, hobbies, and more. We thank our featured schools: Broadfield Primary (Oldham), Denton West End (DWE) Primary School (Denton, Greater Manchester), Peel Park Primary (Bradford), and Stockport School (Stockport, Greater Manchester) for their enthusiasm and participation in the competition. We especially thank every young person who contributed their poem or short story, they were delightful to read and we hope they will want to participate next year with their schools.

     Discover this year's winners  


Download the Speak Up North 2024 Anthology

Read all the entries from a range of young Northern voices coming together to talk about the theme of Belonging

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I’d recommend taking part because it’s a great form of self-expression."
Key Stage 4 winner: James, Stockport School, Manchester
Pupil James wears a black blazer with several achievement badges on the sides, white shirt, and blue and red striped tie. He excitedly tells us how it feels to be a competition winner.

Key Stage 4 winner: James, Stockport School, Manchester

His winning poem takes a metaphorical approach to the theme of belonging
Umme is a primary school pupil and winner of the Speak Up North competition. She wears glasses and smiles to camera while holding and reading her poem.

Key Stage 2 winner: Umme, Peel Park Primary, Bradford

Our Key Stage 2 winner represents Bradford with her poem entitled 'The Spring'

Key Stage 1 winner: Aisha, Broadfield Primary, Oldham

Aisha's tells us how the winter season brings her a sense of belonging
[Taking part in Speak Up North] is a great opportunity. Even if you don’t win, you’ll feel great because you participated."
Umme, Speak Up North Key Stage 2 winner, Peel Park Primary, Bradford
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Teachers are you inspired?! Sign up now and we'll send you exclusive resources ahead of time so your pupils can take part in Speak Up North 2025. We'll email you around the start of the 2024/25 academic year so you've got all you need to fit the competition around your teaching schedule.

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