For teachers

For teachers

Newly qualified teachers in 2018 will be welcomed with a gift that lets them know they are not alone, whatever challenges they meet.  With support from professional organisations across the Scottish education sector, a pocket-sized book of poems about teaching will be given to all teachers beginning their career – and every teacher will recognise the experiences described.  Click here to read more.

National Poetry Day: 'Change'

National Poetry Day 2018 is on 4 October, with the theme of 'Change'.  NPD 2017 was on the theme of 'Freedom'.  Click here to see all the resources. They're great to use at any point in the school year!

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 By Heart Scotland 2018

Poetry By Heart Scotland is a competition from the Scottish Poetry Library that gives students in S4-6 opportunities to learn by heart and perform poems from our specially curated database. Students compete at school, regional and national level, culminating in a final event in Edinburgh where they have the chance to perform in front of high profile poets.

The national final of Poetry by Heart Scotland took place on Saturday 10th March 2018 in the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Competitors from secondary schools across Scotland performed poems which they learned by heart!

Edinburgh Makar Alan Spence and poet and novelist Jenni Fagan were the judges and the MC was Jenny Lindsay of Flint and Pitch Productions.

Enjoy the short film we made about PBHS 2018's final below.