For teachers

For teachers

July 2016

The holidays are under way! Yet, ever-industrious, we're spending the summer preparing for Poetry By Heart Scotland 2016-17. More info coming soon but if you're keen to find out more, watch our film about Poetry By Heart Scotland - and see the very talented  2016 finalists are. If that fires you up to register your school, get in touch

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Poetry By Heart Scotland

We're preparing to launch the 2016-17 bout of our popular poetry speaking competition. In the meantime, if you want to get the gist, check out our PBHS page where you can watch our short film, find out the competition structure and find links to the poems. 

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Summer brings some fantastic poetry competitions. They can be great ways to inspire your students and unleash their creativity. Oh, and the prizes are good to!  Find out more about competitions for all ages and throughout the year.

Making Makars

Over on Making Makars we've got a new regular blog from our youth volunteer, Chiara. Coming up we have a blog from the poet Catherine Ayres about a schools poetry project that she ran. Have you got ideas for a blog? Maybe you'd like to share your students' poems with us?Get in touch at

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.