Going Cuckoo for Cuckoo! 

Cuckoo Young Writers is a programme aimed at young people in the North East and encourages writing through group work, projects, on line support and publications, ensuring regular and inspirational support from professional writers.

Programmes are free with groups popping up across the region. The Website is as beautiful as it is useful with some ideas for future careers with words and plenty of ways you can get involved with cuckoo which includes: writing poetry, stories, song writing, and reviewing to name but a few.

A fantastic way to develop the skills of young people and for them to put themselves and their creative minds out there. They also support schools!

To follow Cuckoo on Twitter their handle is: @cuckoowriters



Royal Institution Masterclasses North East: 


The Ri Masterclasses are a great opportunity for pupils to develop a deeper understanding within some of the following areas:

  • Maths
  • Engineering 
  • Computer science 

Pupils attend a block of 6 Saturday morning sessions, which will explore and introduce young people in more detail to one of the area’s above as well as showcase future career opportunities and meet guest speakers who themselves may work within these fields.   Masterclasses are Free and depending on the host are focused on different age groups.

In the North East region there are the following:


Year 9 – new host is currently being identified to run. We will update you with further information soon.


Think Physics, Northumbria University, Newcastle:

  • Year 8 Engineering Masterclasses starting Saturday 30th January 2016
  • Year 11 Engineering Masterclasses starting Saturday 1st October 2016

St Cuthberts High School, Newcastle:

  • Year 9 Engineering Masterclasses starting Saturday 1st October 2016 

Computer Science:

St Cuthberts High School, Newcastle:

  • Year 9 Computer Science starting Saturday 23rd January 2016


If you are a school, parent/guardian or pupil who is interested in finding out more and applying for one of the above Masterclass series; follow the highlighted host links above. 

If you are a school or organisation interested in hosting a masterclass series contact Rachel Dorris at the Ri, London.
[Featured photo: Year 11 Autumn Ri Masterclasses at Think Physics Northumbria University]