Welcome to The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education is a charity working to improve literacy in primary schools.  Our work raises the achievement of children by helping schools to teach literacy creatively and effectively, putting quality children’s literature at the heart of all learning.


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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 - Kirkby

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - Kingston & Richmond

Thursday, 27 September 2018 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - Norfolk

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - London

Thursday, 4 October 2018 - 10:00am

Developing the Role of the English Subject Leader

Friday, 5 October 2018 - 10:00am

Latest News

Power of Reading - Teaching Sequences 2018/19

The Power of Reading helps schools to build a literacy curriculum that encourages engagement and raises attainment in reading and writing

Reflecting realities
Find out to what extent UK children's literature in 2017 featured BAME (Black or minority ethnic) characters
Karl Nova CLiPPA Winner 2018
Hip-hop artist Karl Nova won for his first book of poetry Rhythm and Poetry announced at the lively poetry show at the Olivier Theatre.
Discover quality primary literacy training for 2018-19 - Booking is open! Read our teacher blog about why CLPE CPD works.
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The project has had a huge impact in the EYFS through use of the books and teaching sequences. It has been instrumental in giving more confidence and inspiration to our teachers.

    Deputy Headteacher, Power of Reading project