Thrive’s National Poetry Day Competition

Get creative in your setting this September for National Poetry Day!

To celebrate National Poetry Day this year we’re running a competition for all settings, whether you’re a Thrive school or simply interested in our Approach. From teachers and parents to carers and healthcare workers, if you’re working with children then we’d love for you to get involved.

To enter our competition, simply get together in your setting and create a poem around this year’s theme: freedom. Click here to upload your entry; you’re very welcome to upload several poems from your setting. The competition closes on National Poetry Day on the 28th September, with the winner announced shortly after.

There are plenty of resources to help you to get started on the National Poetry Day website:

Click here for freedom poem examples.

Click here for freedom films.

If you’re stuck for ideas for how to introduce Thrive’s National Poetry Day competition within the classroom or with a child or children in your care, why not take a look at the following lesson plans. Available for different ages and easily adaptable for different ways of working, there are some great crib sheets to lead with.

The Prize

Our lucky winning setting will receive the complete collection of Jane Evans’ children’s books! After a wonderful set of Keynote speeches at our Forging New Connections conferences, Jane’s books for young children can be a particularly helpful resource when gently dealing with such themes as anxiety and domestic violence.

Good luck!

The competition is very much open to anyone working with children, allowing you to adapt the brief in whatever way you see fit.

Poetry can be a wonderful way for children to explore ideas and further develop their creative skills at any age. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us using:


National Poetry Day competition terms and conditions: 


  1. Introduction
  2. How do I enter a competition?
  3. Am I eligible to enter a competition?
  4. What is the prize?
  5. How we select and contact winners
  6. Our Liability
  7. Privacy
  8. General
  9. Our Contact Details


  1. Introduction

1.1 These general terms and conditions apply to all competitions promoted by Thrive using any media. Each competition may also have specific terms and conditions which will be notified to you when you enter the competition.

1.2 Our competitions are operated by Fronting the Challenge Projects Limited (“Thrive”)  whose registered office is The Quadrangle,  Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6NQ (Company Registration No: 03234281).

1.3 If you have any questions or comments regarding our competitions, the prizes and the winners, please contact

1.4 Our competitions are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with any social media site upon which we advertised them. By entering our competitions, you completely release any social media site from liability in relation to our competitions.


  1. How do I enter a competition?

2.1 Our competitions will each have specific rules of participation at time of entry including start and end dates.

2.2 Our competitions are free to enter and do not require any purchase.

2.3 You are limited to one entry, if we find out that you have attempted to make more than one entry to our competition, we reserve the right to disqualify you from that competition.


  1. Am I eligible to enter a competition?

3.1 Our competitions are open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 or over at the time of entry. Entries from outside of the United Kingdom will not be accepted.

3.2 Employees of Fronting the Challenge Projects Limited, their families and any person directly or indirectly connected with us are not eligible to enter any competitions.

3.3 Prizes will only be delivered to addresses in the United Kingdom.

3.4 We reserve the right to ask for evidence of age, identity and eligibility to enter our competitions and withhold a prize until we have received such evidence.

3.5 If we become aware of any fraud, deceit or other similar action undertaken by you in relation to a competition we reserve the right to remove your entry from the competition.


  1. What is the prize?

4.1 Details of the prize will be given at the time of entry. The prizes are subject to availability and we may have to substitute prizes for another of equal value where availability has changed.

4.2 Where the prize includes tickets to a specific event, we will not be liable to provide you with an alternative prize if you cannot attend that event.


  1. How do we select and contact winners?

5.1 A winner will be randomly selected (unless we inform you otherwise) and the draw will take place within the timescales specified at the time of entering. We may check that the winner is eligible to enter when we contact them.

5.2 Entries that are incomplete or cannot be deciphered will not be entered into the draw.

5.3 We will not be responsible for any entry that is lost in transmission.

5.4 We will contact the winner as soon as reasonably practicable on or after the date of the draw. We will make reasonable efforts to contact the winner using the contact details provided.

5.6 If we are unable to contact the winner or the winner does not comply with the eligibility criteria then we may offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn by us.

5.7 You agree to co-operate with all reasonable requests that we may make in connection with the competitions.


  1. Our Liability

6.1 We will not liable in any way for any costs, expenses, damages or liability arising out of your entry into the competition.

6.2 We do not accept any liability for loss of profit, business of any nature or any other indirect or consequential loss in relation to your entry into a competition.

6.3 The exclusions above do not include any liability in respect of death or personal injury except where we have been negligent.


  1. Privacy

7.1 Information and data (“personal data”) which is provided by you when you enter a competition will be held by us for the purposes of administering the competition and providing you with details of further competitions and other services that we provide that may be of interest to you.

7.2 Further details of how your personal data will be used is set out in our Privacy Policy available at and you agree to this use of your personal data when you participate in our competitions.

7.3 By taking part in the competition you agree to participate in publicity at our request if you win a competition. You agree we may use your name and any comments relating to the prize and your experience for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media without any fee being paid.


  1. General

8.1. You enter the competition at your own risk and shall take all reasonable steps to ensure the appropriateness of your actions in relation to the competition.

8.2 These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with English Law.