Our friends and partners

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the publishing house of the University of Oxford. It is the largest university press in the world. It has been a partner of Poetry By Heart since our creation in 2012, and continues to provide free content from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and the American National Biography Online to support students participating in the competition. The Poetry By Heart anthologies include links to these resources to allow students to explore in greater depth the language of the poems, and the lives of the poets who wrote them. The OED entries in particular help to explain the meaning and illustrate the usage of some of the older or more difficult words used in the selected poems.’

Find out more at the Oxford University Press website or the Oxford English Dictionary website.



Funded by Arts Council England, the Poetry Society is the UK’s leading poetry organisation, with education at the heart of its practice. For over a hundred years the society has been opening up poetry to an ever-growing community. Their work ranges from publishing The Poetry Review and hosting prestigious prizes such as the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, to commissioning a packed calendar of performances, readings, and educational activities and free educational resources. School members receive poetry books, resources, and posters. The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network offers writers aged up to 25 free prompts, competitions and advice on their work. The Poetry Society gives Poetry By Heart connections with the wider world of poetry in the arts sector, national and international and advises on poetry matters.

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Funded by Arts Council England, The Poetry Archive offers a unique collection of poetry recordings in the poet’s own voice. Free to use, it helps educators share the many exciting, playful and serious ways in which language can be used. Poems can express universal ideas and challenges of the modern world and, together with the Children’s Poetry Archive, the Poetry Archive is designed to build students’ confidence in exploring and enjoying poetry. As Patron Michael Rosen says, poems ‘leap straight from server into the ear where their rhythms and tones happen inside our heads to entertain, intrigue, engage, mystify, excite or lead us to ponder and wonder in a million different ways’. See the Teach area for free, downloadable classroom resources. The Poetry Archive supports Poetry By Heart with links to recordings of many of its poems.

Visit The Poetry Archive here, and the Children’s Poetry Archive here.



The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) is a UK based children’s literacy charity working with primary schools. CLPE believe poetry is a fundamental element in the development of children’s literacy. Their Poetryline website hosts an extensive bank of poems for children, expert teaching resources, videos of poet performances and interviews with poets to support the teaching of poetry in the classroom. Each year CLPE run the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA), and an associated schools shadowing scheme. The shadowing scheme involves children across the primary years and students in KS3. CLPE advises Poetry By Heart on children’s primary literacy and poetry.

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The National Association for Teaching of English, or NATE is a professional association for English teachers that works regionally, nationally and internationally at all key stages, and at a grass roots level. NATE supports teachers locally, through its regional Teachmeets and local projects that celebrate the achievement of young people; nationally, through its Teaching English, Primary English and newsletters, conferences, position papers, and research; internationally, through its research journal, English in Education, and close links with IFTE (the International Federation for the Teaching of English). NATE is co-leading the development of Teaching Poetry, Poetry By Heart’s special edition journal about teaching poetry, including out loud, by heart and with choice, scheduled for publication in March 2021.

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The English Association is a membership body for individuals and organisations who are passionate about English language and its literatures. Membership includes teachers, students, authors, poets and people with general interest in the subject area, from the UK and around the world. The Association aims to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of English studies, and to foster good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels. It publishes two journals for teachers and educators in schools: English 4-11 for primary (co-published with UKLA) and Use of English for secondary. The English Association is co-leading the development of Poetry By Heart’s special edition journal Teaching Poetry, scheduled for publication in March 2021.

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Homerton College has a long-standing history as a world-class teacher training college, and as a centre for research and practice in children’s literature. It is now the largest College in the University of Cambridge offering the full range of academic subjects. Homerton retains its strong reputation in education and children’s literature and poetry, with Professor Morag Styles as Emeritus Fellow in Children’s Poetry, and Emeritus Fellow David Whitley exploring links between poetry and memory. Homerton’s Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, has published several collections of poetry, and the College is proud to count two Poets Laureate among its Honorary Fellowship. In August 2020 Homerton appointed Mariah Whelan as its first ever Poet in Residence. Homerton provides Poetry By Heart with an office in the college and support for the Key stage 5 competition.

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