For teachers

For teachers

December 2016

We're hurtling downhill through the snow on an imaginary sledge towards the Christmas break. As we go, we're bestowing poetry resources. Check out Making Makars for a new series of primary lesson ideas If you'd like to be kept up to date with all our resources in 2017, why not sign up for our monthly schools e-bulletin?

Image by Kenners shared under a CC licence.



Poetry By Heart Scotland

It's all systems go for the 2017-18 bout of our popular poetry speaking competition. To find out more about the competition and register your school check out our PBHS pageImage by matt Katzenberger shared under a CC licence at

National Poetry Day

*NPD 2017 is on 28 September this year - a week early!*

NPD 2016 was on Thursday 6 October and celebrated the theme of MESSAGES. You can still download the poster pdfs, learning resources, and read the poems we featured. Click here to see the poems and resources. They're great to use at any point in the school year!


Make the most of students' start of term positivity. Competitions can be a great way to unleash their creativity. Oh, and the prizes are good to!  Find out more about competitions for all ages and throughout the year.

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.