For teachers

For teachers

November 2014

Registrations are going well for our new competition, Poetry By Heart Scotland! If you're worried that you've missed out, don't panic - there's still time to register your school. To find out more, register or download the resources and suitable poems, click on the link below. Plus don't forget to check in with Making Makars - new teaching resources this month for primary and secondary.

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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 POST-1914 LIST OF POEMS NOW UP!

Making Makars

Over on Making Makars we've got a great new post by Emma on how to use Christine De Luca's poetry with primary classes. Coming up later this month: a new resource for poetry writing with S6.

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

Roll up, roll up, get your free poetry posters here! 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!