Refugee Poetry Competition: “Refugees Are Welcome Here”

The NTA “Refugees Are Welcome Here” schools competition prize-giving was hosted by Essex Primary School. Eight of the winners and their families were able to attend to receive their certificates and book tokens presented by John Newman of Newham Bookshop. All schools who entered received thank you certificates and some children also received Highly Commended certificates. Each school who did not have winners was given a book for their school library.
Our President, Peg Probett, would like to thank everyone who took part. The quality and sensitivity demonstrated in the poems and posters was very moving. Perhaps our politicians could learn more humanity from our young people!

Prize-giving - "Refugees Are Welcome Here" 2017 Competition


The 2017 competition is over but…..

Many teachers have found the lesson plans suggested for this competition were excellent. The documents have therefore been left on this website as a resource. We hope you find them useful.

Download copies of 2017 competition documents:

NTA Letter to HTs
Download [▼]

Lesson Ideas for competition
Download [▼]

Timetable for competition
Download [▼]

Task KS1
Download [▼]

Task LKS2
Download [▼]

Task UKS2
Download [▼]

Task KS3
Download [▼]


Archive – Last Year’s Competition:

Refugees Welcome
Refugees Welcome
NTA Schools 2016 Competition Winners.

Another successful “Refugees Are Welcome Here” Poetry Competition has just been held by Newham Teachers’ Association.

Finalists from each participating school, together with their families, were invited to Essex Primary School for a celebratory event and prize giving on 14/07/2016.

Christine Blower presented the prizes.

Competition group photo
Competition group photo

The NTA thanks Christine for her support and encouragement of the event.

Thanks also to all the schools which participated and ensured the success of the competition.

Prize winning entries:

1st Prize KS 1

1st Prize Lower KS 2

1st Prize Upper KS 2

1st Prize KS 3

The NUT runs the competition across the country so Newham’s children have the chance to achieve national recognition. We expect that in 2016 Newham schools will again receive national success.

The NUT was so impressed with the work of Newham’s schools that it sponsored the national publication of an anthology of their children’s poetry:
Newham Refugee Poetry Book 2015/16

Child refugee marching, with toys.
Child refugee marching, with toys.

A Resources List with lesson ideas can be downloaded from our website.

The NUT has a number of related resources:

NUT Refugee Hub

Child holding loudhailer: Refugees welcome
Refugees welcome

The Union has a long-standing commitment to supporting refugee children and their teachers. Please look out for the “Refugees Are Welcome Here” Poetry Competition again next year.

(This page was first created on 01/03/2016. It has been updated on several occasions. The most recent update was on 09/11/2016.)