For teachers

For teachers

August 2015

August is one of our favourite months - back to school for a fresh year and we've got the Edinburgh International Book Festival too! Poetry by Heart Scotland and National Poetry Day resources are all available for use this term! 

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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, in association with the Irish Government, have 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.

National Poetry Day 2015

We're getting ready for National Poetry Day which is on Thursday 8th October this year. The theme is LIGHT and we've got 8 great light themed poem postcards for you to use in the classroom complete with free downloadable posters and learning resources available now. 

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.