Commemorate the centenary of the First World War with your students this term

With Remembrance Day almost here, it seems timely to ask how it’s going with your First World War Poem Competitions. If you haven’t started yet, now is a perfect time to launch; if you’re well underway, great! Either way, we’re here to help.

To recap, students recite a single First World War poem chosen from our First World War Poetry Showcase;  it’s open to all pupils in Key Stages 3-5 – and all school staff – and it will be judged by video upload.

To take part:

1. Register here if you haven’t already (If you were registered last year – you’re already registered.
2.Choose your poem selections from the First World War Poetry Showcase.
3. Hold your school competition to pick up to three winners, one each from Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4-5, and a staff winner.
4. Record your winning recitations on video and upload to the Poetry By Heart website by midnight on the 18th December 2017. We will be opening the uploader soon and will provide guidelines and support.


Some resources that you might find useful for your competition are:


• the judging criteria for all Poetry By Heart competitions
• the scoresheets for all Poetry By Heart competitions
• certificates to celebrate your participants (available in the Judge section of the Learning Zone)


There are also tons of great teaching materials to use in class or with your poetry groups in our Learning Zone and lots of performances of First World War poems by previous participants in Poetry By Heart competitions in our Performance Gallery.Winners will be announced in the week beginning Monday 15th January 2018. Watch this space for details of what we’re planning for our winners!
If there’s anything else you need – do get in touch!


 Talk to Kath Lee, Poetry By Heart Project Coordinator

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9.00am-2.00pm

0117 905 5338 or email


The competition is open to pupils and staff working in all recognised educational settings, including schools, colleges, PRUs, homeschool networks, etc in England. Poetry By Heart will be delighted to accept entries from schools/colleges outside England with a fee payable to cover costs for judging and support. Talk to Kath if you’re interested.

Poetry By Heart – the full Key Stage 4-5 competition

We hope before too long that we will be able to announce the details of the full-scale competition to find the 2018 Poetry By Heart national champion. If you’ve already started working on that, please hold onto your videos of their recitations for the main competition for now. We will keep you up to date with news as we finalise the details. In the meantime, there’s the single poem First World War competition!