Inviting a poet into your school supports teaching of both reading and writing; it is exciting for pupils and teachers and encourages pupils to write and to see writing as worthwhile. It also has dividends right across the curriculum particularly in terms of planning, drafting and revising work. A visit from a poet encourages awareness of styles, imagery, structure and audience whilst promoting the sharing of ideas and approaches.
The Poetry Society has been placing poets in schools for over 40 years.
Before finding a poet to bring into your school, it's important that you have some idea of what you're looking for in a poet, and what you would like your students to gain from their visit. Do you want a one day visit, a regular creative writing club, or a year long residency? Are you looking to celebrate National Poetry Day with a poet visit or to feed into a long term project?
Using your answers to our questions on the Poet in School questionnaire (click below), we will draw up a list of poets in your area using our nationwide database of education poets. We will cherry-pick the poets who are most suited to your requirements and who we think would work best with your school. If there is more than one suitable poet in your area you can choose freely between them (we supply biographies as well so you can browse through specialised areas, key stages and work experience) and we will then contact the poets on your behalf to check their availability. Once we are able to confirm this, we can put you directly in touch with the poet so you can set dates and times and plan further details.