For teachers

For teachers

October 2014

You prepare all year and then it's over in a flash - National Poetry Day. How did you mark it in your school? We'd love to see any photos or poems from events or lessons on the day. You can send them to us at 

Plus - drum roll please - our new competition Poetry By Heart Scotland is officially up and running! To find out more, register or download resources, click on the link below.

National Poetry Day 2014

Remember, remember the 2nd October! Look at our poems and plans on different aspects of the 'Remember' theme here. Lesson plans to accompany the postcard poems ready and awaiting your download!

Image by Rani Hausken shared under a CC licence available at 

Poetry By Heart Scotland

It's here - Scotland's new national recital competition for pupils in S4-S6! And Liz Lochhead has kindly agreed to be a judge at the National Finals! Want to find out what the competition involves? Read Poetry By Heart Scotland: at a glance.  If you're a local authority and want to register your region or are a teacher who wants to register your school, email 

Making Makars

Over on Making Makars we've got a great new post with WW1 haiku written by Renfrewshire pupils. Plus lots of posts to give you ideas for the classroom. 

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.


Poetry posters

Roll up, roll up, get your free poetry posters here! We've got a range of themes to suit your topics - including WW1 and Set Scottish Texts. You'll need Adobe Acrobat but that's free to download too!