You can use most of our website without any need to register. All the poem selections and ways of interacting with those are freely available, the resources in the Learning Zone, and lots of information about the Poetry By Heart competition including the competition guides. But if you want to take part in the Poetry By Heart competition or use the Teaching Zone resources, you'll need to register. This is because we need to know who you are and how we can talk to you, and where to send your competition resource pack if you are eligible to take part in the competition.
Registration takes a minute or two. We only collect the information we need to run the competition and we will not give it to anyone else without your express permission.
Poetry By Heart is a national competition in which young people in key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 choose poems they love, learn them by heart and perform them in a school or college competition.
All the resources you need to run a school/college competition.
Poems to enjoy together and fun ways of sharing them out loud and by heart. Sign up and we'll send you an email once a week with a link to a poem to share and an activity to try with it.
Browse past e-newsletters for tips and information
Guides to competition registration, video preparation and the entry form
Starter kits to help your class develop confidence to learn a poem by heart
Full lists, in A-Z name order and chronological order, of every single poem on the 7+, 11+ and 14+ Poetry By Heart anthologies
This page will be a collection of all the most useful resources that come from our fortnightly Virtual Staffroom sessions with teachers, librarians and Poetry By Heart coordinators. Speak to us directly with your concerns, ideas and find inspiration from others!
The Poetry Archive offers a unique collection of poetry recordings in the poet's own voice. Free to use, it shows the many exciting, playful and serious ways in which language can be used.
With a website designed for children to explore fabulous collections of children’s poetry free of charge and with confidence, the Children’s Poetry Archive offers hundreds of recordings of poets reading their work.
The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is the only award for published poetry for children in the UK. Alongside the award CLPE run a schools shadowing scheme, get involved in the 2020 scheme…
The Poetry Society supports teachers and young people to read and write poetry, with free teaching resources, competitions and advice, as well as the chance to invite a poet to your school, join as a schools member and more.