For teachers

For teachers

November 2015

National Poetry Day shone brightly with the light of poetry this year. Thank you to everybody who shared the celebrations, decorations and new poems from your schools. We'll be sharing these over on Making Makars throughout Novmber. 

Fireworks image by Jeff Golden shared under a CC licence at


Poetry By Heart Scotland

School heats have been taking place across Scotland and now the regional heats are underway! If you missed the chance to sign up but want to use our resources in class, you can find out more hereImage by matt Katzenberger shared under a CC licence at

Marking Remembrance Day

If you're looking for war poetry resources that will help you to mark Remembrance Day in school, we have poems, posters and lots more to support you. Download our Guide to SPL War Poetry resources here

Yeats 150 Poster

To commemorate 150 years since the birth of W.B. Yeats, the SPL, with support from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, has produced a beautiful poster featuring poems, biographical information and teaching resources, all for use and display in your school or library. The colour poster is free of charge: send us a stamped A4 SAE ('Large' stamp, 1st or 2nd class) to the address below. Coming soon: a downloadable black and white pdf of the teaching notes.

                                                       Yeats commemorative stamp by An Post.

Making Makars

Want to know what new resources and poems have been shared by schools? Pop on over to Making Makars to find out. Or if you have ideas for a blog, get in touch at

What's On?

Planning poetry workshops or CPD this term? Explore our current workshop opportunities here, and don't forget to find out what's happening more broadly in the world of poetry on our connect pages

Classroom Resources

Look in our library of resources to find just the right thing to help meet your poetry classroom needs. From Early Years to senior students, we should have something to help with reading and writing and enjoying poetry in a range of ways, across the curriculum.


Poetry competitions can be the ideal way to bring poetry into the classroom. Many offer helpful guidance for teachers, and the prospect of prizes, publication and a real audience can prove highly motivating for pupils. Find out more about competitions for all ages and throughout the year.