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

On Thursday 19th September, we held our second information evening at the CLPE.

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.

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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You need to be a registered user to purchase a Power of Reading subscription, access Corebooks and enjoy other free teaching resources. Registration is free and takes only a few seconds.

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Upcoming Training

Teaching Reading in Years 5/6

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 10:30am

Developing Writing in the Early Years

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 10:00am

Teaching Reading in Years 1/2

Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 10:00am

Meeting the Needs of More Able Pupils in Year 5/6

Friday, 1 November 2019 - 10:00am

  • 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

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

    Literacy Leader