For teachers

For teachers

October 2015

 National Poetry Day is on 8 October. We've got lots of poems and resources to help you mark this year's theme of LIGHT. What are your plans for NPD 2015? Please share them with us. Plus, there are new competitions and opportunities listed on our Competitions page - check it out!

Night lights image by Yannis shared under a CC licence at


National Poetry Day 2015

National Poetry Day (Thursday 8 October) is nearly here!  The theme is LIGHT and we've got 8 great light themed poems for you to use in the classroom complete with free downloadable posters and learning resources available now. Plus we're asking for your First Line Films - find out more here.

Poetry By Heart Scotland

We're open for registration for the 2015-16 competition. Schools have signed up already from Glasgow, Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh, Fife, Perth and Kinross and Aberdeen. You can join them hereImage by matt Katzenberger shared under a CC licence at

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.