For teachers

For teachers

September 2014

Not long now till National Poetry Day. What's happening in your school? We've got poems, posters and activity suggestions to help you prepare. 

Plus we'd love to see any photos or poems from events or lessons on the day. You can send them to us at 

'People on the first day of school' shared by Russavia under a Creative Commons Licence, available at

National Poetry Day 2014

Remember, remember the 2nd October! Look at our poems and plans on different aspects of the 'Remember' theme here. Lesson plans to accompany the postcard poems ready and awaiting your download!

Image by Rani Hausken shared under a CC licence available at 

Poetry By Heart Scotland

Launching soon - Scotland's new national recital competition for pupils in S4-S6! And Liz Lochhead has kindly agreed to be a jduge at the National Finals! Want to find out what the competition involves? Read Poetry By Heart Scotland: at a glance.  If you're a local authority and want to register your region or are a teacher who wants to register your school, email 

Making Makars

Searching inspiration for the new school year? Check out Making Makars' posts to give you ideas for the classroom. We've got a great post to help out with Advanced Higher Creative Writing and more lined up in the coming weeks.

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.


Poetry posters

New classroom looking a little bare? Why not download and print some of our free poetry posters. We've got a range of themes to suit your topics - including WW1 and Set Scottish Texts. You'll need Adobe Acrobat but that's free to download too!