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.
Find out how to participate
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.
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.
Downloadable digital poetry calendar and competition guide 2020-21
Browse past e-newsletters for tips and information
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…
Starter kits to help your class develop confidence to learn a poem by heart