For teachers

For teachers

February 2015

So what does February bring? A whole lot of cold weather apparently but there's Valentine's on its way and Poetry By Heart regional heats are going with a swing. Plus new competitions to be entered!

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Valentine's posters

Love is in the air and even in the classroom. If you're looking at love poetry with your students you can find a stash of suitable poems on our tags. Plus we have free downloadable luuuurve poem posters for you.

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!

Young Poets Workshops

Do you know any poets aged 15-18 who would like to attend our young poets group? It's held twice monthly after school here at the SPL. We read, write and chat all things poetry.  It's a friendly drop-in group and completely free so there's no need to commit to an expensive lengthy course. Email Georgi to find out more.

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.