For teachers

For teachers

March 2015

Spring is apparently in the air and we're psyching up to the National Finals of Poetry By Heart Scotland here in Edinburgh on the 28th March. It's a public event and free to attend. Please join us - there's going to be a lot of great performances plus Rachel McCrum is MC! To find out more email Georgi.

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Poetry posters

If your students are falling out love with poetry because of revision blues, why not reinvigorate them with our free downloadable poetry posters? We even have poems about poems! All the posters are organised by subject tags to make it easier to find the poster that's right for you.

Poetry By Heart Scotland

The competition has gone with a swing and we're nearly at the finals! Who will be crowned Scotland's first Poetry By Heart champion? Come along to the finals on the 28th May to find out! All the details about the finals and the competition are hereImage by matt Katzenberger shared under a CC licence at

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.