Trevor Millum, Teachit's poet in residence, has been supporting teachers with ideas and inspiration to enliven their poetry teaching for decades. His books, teaching packs, resources and tips remain essential reading for KS3-5 English teachers. We celebrate a few of Trevor's highlights...

by Teachit's editorial team
23rd October 2020

The Poetry Place 

The Poetry Place was a rich archive of Trevor Millum's poetic musings, writings and ideas about how to approach the teaching of poetry, which we were proud to host for more than 15 years. We selected some of Trevor's most engaging teaching resources from his archive for GCSE and A-level teachers and students. You can find all of his teaching resources here.  

National Poetry Day 2020

Trevor recently wrote a series of engaging classroom resources to celebrate this year's theme of 'Vision' here.

Unseen poetry pack 

Trevor has written a wide range of resources for Teachit over the years, including his hugely popular Unseen poetry teaching pack, to help KS4 teachers and students with the challenges of the GCSE syllabus. Reviews from teachers have described it as 'fabulous!', 'excellent' and 'fantastic', with one teacher commenting that the pack is a 

'... humane, comprehensive resource. Written by a poet and teacher with considerable experience, so there is [a] deep understanding of poetry as well as how this is examined at GCSE. The 'Teaching notes' are detailed and informed, and the 'Student workbook' activities are sensitively structured to encourage personal understanding and engagement with the poems, closely aligned to providing students with the exam skills that will best convey this as well as meet assessment requirements across all of the major examining bodies.'

Poetry Guides

Trevor Millum has written a range of books for teachers, and his latest, The Poetry Guide: A 'How to' Guide for Teachers and Librarians (Troika books, 2020), was written in collaboration with Bernard Young. Aimed at primary practitioners and librarians, it features a host of ideas and inspiration to get children reading, writing, editing, performing and publishing their own poetry, as well as suggestions for using technology, music and audio-visual aids to enliven your teaching. Highly recommended.  

Find out more about Trevor Millum's work and his other publications on his website.

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