For teachers

For teachers

January 2016

Happy New Year! Ah, January - the month that starts with kale smoothies and good intentions then finishes with Burns and haggis. We've got lots of ideas to support Burns over on Making Makars and if your intention is to support your students with the new Advanced Higher practical criticism paper, we've got a workshop that's guaranteed to help.  

Image by Emma Speedy


Poetry By Heart Scotland

Here come the finals! If you're in Edinburgh on Saturday 6 February, join us to hear Scotland's best young poetry performers compete to take the PBHS quaich. 1pm, the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, admission free of charge. (And yes, we'll be finished in good time for the rugby kick off!) Image by matt Katzenberger shared under a CC licence at

Making Makars

Over on Making Makars we've got ideas for how to commemorate Burns Night with your classes. Or if you have ideas for a blog, get in touch at

And remember we have Burns posters available for free download here.

What's On?

Planning poetry workshops or CPD this term? We have a new Advanced Higher practical criticism workshop and we offer sessions on the Scottish set text poets from National 4 - Advanced Higher. We can also devise CPD and creative writing sessions tailormade to suit your needs. Find out more about our workshops 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.

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.