The Hip Hop Literacy Program is an interactive and fun way of learning about Rhythm and Poetry. The origins of Hip Hop culture, the history of rap, how to improve your writing skills are some of the topics covered. Rap is a language that speaks to young people in a powerful way, which is why we use it to engage them. Our inspirational rap artists will have students appreciating and enjoying the spoken and written word. This program has proven to be very effective, especially with boys and disengaged students. We use proven strategies to:

  • Improve writing skills and expand vocabulary
  • Develop speaking and listening skills
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Explore poetic devices employed in rap e.g. rhyme schemes, metaphors, similes, punch lines, wordplay etc.
  • Build up student’s confidence

“Our students really enjoyed the Hip Hop Literacy sessions, which showed how they could have fun with words, rhythm and rhyme. The rap artist really connected with them and was funny but also inspiring about issues such as the need to set yourself challenges and aim high, to believe in yourself and to share worries and problems with someone else. I wanted them to see that poetry could be cool and now they do!”Jackie Murrell – Bromley High School


Contact us today at info@studentoflife.co.uk for further details or fill out our Bookings Form  to make a booking NOW



What is the Hip Hop Literacy Project?

The aim of the project is to improve the writing, listening and presentation skills of students.

 What happens in a typical workshop?

  1. Performances from Rap artist(s)
  2. A Hip Hop history presentation/discussion
  3. Writing tips and exercises
  4. Editing and developing your ideas
  5. Performance tips and sharing

Who are the facilitators?

Student of Life has a number of facilitators (poets, rappers, authors etc) who are masters in their respective fields, have valid DBS clearance and work well with young people. Creating a safe space for learning, fun and creativity.

How many students do you work with in a workshop?

We work with a class group size, so a maximum of 30 students at a time. We require a member of staff to be present also. For rap performances and talks we can perform to a whole assembly, be it a whole school, key stage or year group.

Who is it for?

Our workshops can be tailored to suit the needs of your schools whether you want us to focus on a select cohort of pupils (e.g. more able or disadvantaged); a whole year group or tackle a specific in-school issue like bullying. It works well with both boys and girls.

Which age groups do you work with?

 We work with key stages 1-5


Please send us an email for quotes for either a full-day workshop, 6 – week or a 12 – week residency

Do you do special events?

We offer workshops throughout the academic year and summer schools. We also do enrichment days, World Book Day, Book week, Black History Month, Science week, National Story-telling Week, INSET days, poetry slam competitions and National Poetry Day. We can host your events or perform at your parties.

How do I make a booking?

Send an email to info@studentoflife.co.uk stating that you’d like to book a Student of Life workshop along with any preferred dates you have in mind. We’ll check those dates are available and allocate one of our facilitators.