For teachers

For teachers

October 2016

Poetry isn't just for National Poetry Day - keep it going all the time! Our free downloadable learning resources can help you here. Schools all over Scotand are registering for Poetry by Heart Scotland. It's going to be our biggest competition yet - find out more and join us here

Image by Mike Mozart shared under a CC licence.



Poetry By Heart Scotland

It's all systems go for the 2016-17 bout of our popular poetry speaking competition. To see footage from the 2016 final, 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 2016 is on Thursday 6 October and celebrates the theme of MESSAGES. We have eight beautiful postcard poems complete with free online poster downloads, poem texts and learning resources. Click here to see the poems and resources. We'd love to know how your school is marking National Poetry Day this year: get in touch to share your plans!


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.