For teachers

For teachers

December 2014

One big push and then it's the Christmas holidays! All our Poetry By Heart Scotland resources are up on the dedicated page so don't forget to make the most of them with your school competition. Plus do pop over to Making Makars - new teaching resources this month for primary and secondary.

Christmas image by Luc De Leeuw shared under a CC licence available at 

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

Check out the new Making Makars series of resources for teaching creative writing at Advanced Higher and Higher. Plus we've got a Christmas-themed primary post coming up in December. Ho ho ho!

National Poetry Day

How did you celebrate in your school? If you haven't told us yet, we'd love to see what you did. Email to tell us or have a look at what other schools have done. Poems and resources can still be found here.

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

What's that you say? You're looking for free Christmassy poetry posters for your classroom! Fear not we're here to help.You'll need Adobe Acrobat but that's free to download too!