Poetry In Action in YOUR classroom

Poetry is at its best when it is in action, and Poetry in Action’s professional development program will help you get the words off the page and into your students’ bodies and minds.

The Details


Content and Duration

The online program provides 1.5 hours of video content, a supporting information pack to read alongside each module, and a summative assessment quiz. In total, the program comprises 2.5 hours of professional development.

The program addresses the following Professional Standards:

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities. Learn new strategies from theatre-making practices to engage and assess your students in your poetry units, harnessing their various strengths.

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area. Expand your repertoire of activities to engage students in a poetry study, drawing on the collaborative, creative, and critical thinking strategies embedded into theatre-making practices.

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs. Structure a study of poetry from first-read to performance, gradually deepening students understanding through a series of explorative exercises used by professional theatre-makers to create meaningful and engaging performances from complex texts.


Participant Profiles

The program will suit teachers of English and Drama from Graduate to Lead. English teachers will learn theatre-making techniques to enliven their teaching of poetry. Drama teachers will learn strategies to incorporate complex verse texts for performance and support literacy development in their classrooms.



  • Teachers understand the aural and musical nature of poetry, and performance approaches to the textual clues to the music
  • Teachers can use, model, and teach vocal choices to illuminate meaning in poetry
  • Teachers can use physicalisation exercises to reveal structure in poetry
  • Teachers can devise varied means of expression of knowledge to harness student strengths

Bring PIA

To your school

Interested in bringing Poetry In Action to your school? Get in touch today to find out more about tour dates and make a booking.



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