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

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

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

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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 - Rugby

Friday, 11 January 2019 - 10:00am

Phonics in a Rich Reading Curriculum

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 - 10:00am

Teacher Book Group

Monday, 21 January 2019 - 4:30pm

Power of Reading - London

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 - 10:00am

Latest News

We have launched a campaign to help schools to access our Power of Reading resources. 

CLPE staff (and their children) have chosen their favourite children's books of 2018.

Continuing our work we are now taking publisher submissions for a second Survey of Ethnic Representation in Children's Literature Report
Our CEO Louise Johns-Shepherd took part in the London Book Fair's event with a talk focused on CLPE's Reflecting Realities Report
  • 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

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

    Poetryline User

  • 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

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

    Literacy Leader

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

    Dame Alison Peacock