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

The report which surveys children's books published in 2018 shows a small increase in BAME characters.
Our first Power of Reading training project has begun with eight brand new books and accompanying detailed teaching plans
Book on this 4 day training programme which provides proven teaching approaches to literacy using quality children's books.

On Tuesday 16th July, the CLPE held its very first information evening for new and longstanding supporters.

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

Inspiring Writing - Years 5/6

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - London

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - Rugby

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 10:00am

Power of Reading

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 10:00am

  • 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

  • Poetryline is a fantastic resource which fills a much needed gap.

    Poetryline User

  • The CLPE Reading and Writing Scales could transform English pedagogy & assessment. An excellent free resource.

    Dame Alison Peacock

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

    Headteacher, 2017

  • 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