Welcome to The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education is a UK based children's literacy charity working with primary schools.  Our work raises the achievement of children's reading and writing by helping schools to teach literacy creatively and effectively, putting quality children’s books at the heart of all learning. We offer courses at our literacy library in central London and also deliver training in various regional locations.

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Latest News

We have our final dates for our 4 day training programme at the CLPE centre which has proven results in teaching literacy.
Read the blogs inspired by the findings of CLPE's Reflecting Realities Survey 2019.
Find out more about our series of evening events with leading figures in children's literature such as Lauren Child.

On 28th October we announced that our Power of Pictures course is returning on 22nd January 2020.

CLPE Resources

Corebooks logo

Corebooks helps primary schools choose the very best children’s literature for their school or classroom libraries

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Power of Reading logo

The Power of Reading supports schools in raising engagement and attainment in reading and writing for all pupils

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Poetryline logo

Poetryline supports the teaching of poetry in primary schools with teaching resources and films from award winning poets

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Power of pictures

The Power of Pictures develops teachers understanding of how illustration can raise children’s achievement in literacy

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Upcoming Training

Power of Reading - Stockton on Tees

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 - 10:00am

Teaching Reading in Years 3/4

Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 10:00am

Teacher Book Group

Monday, 25 November 2019 - 4:30pm

Closing the Vocabulary Gap in the Early Years

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - 10:00am

  • CLPE training has had a transformational effect on the engagement of our children in reading and writing.

    Headteacher, 2017

  • Children’s writing has developed immensely and progress has accelerated. Our children now love reading and approach writing bursting with ideas and confidence.

    Headteacher, Power of Reading Project 2016-17

  • Power of Reading is an intrinsic part of our curriculum provision. Ofsted commented on visible progress and pupils’ evident love of reading.

    Headteacher, Power of Reading 2016-2017

  • I’ve led English for 9 years and I’ve still learnt something new in each session. The best course I’ve ever been on

    Progress and Achievement in Reading training participant

  • The Power of Pictures provides great classroom activities. We are thrilled with the development of our children’s writing.

    Literacy Leader