For teachers

For teachers

January 2015

Happy new year! We're all refreshed and ready to dive into the new term. We've lots of Burns and Scots poems and resources to help you get ready for the 25th. Plus, Poetry By Heart Scotland regional heats are up and running!

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Burns Night

The haggis has been ordered; kilts have been brushed down; it's time to consider the poems. We have everything else you need for a successful Burns celebration: there's a stash of Burns poems for you to read online and even some free downloadable Burns posters to adorn your library or classroom.

Poetry By Heart Scotland

It's here - Scotland's new national recital competition for pupils in S4-S6!  Want to find out what the competition involves? Read Poetry By Heart Scotland: at a glance.  Wnat to download resources and poems? Click here. If you're a local authority and want to register your region or are a teacher who wants to register your school, email ALL POEMS NOW UP!

Making Makars

So you've got the Burns poems but how to use them in the classroom? Don't worry over at Making Makars we have not one, not two, but 15 Burns activities aimed at primary and secondary classes!

National Poetry Day

How did you celebrate in your school? If you haven't told us yet, we'd love to see what you did. Email to tell us or have a look at what other schools have done. Poems and resources can still be found here.

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.