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 deliver training in various regional locations as well as provide a wide range of free resources for Primary teachers.

Find out more about our Take 5 home learning resources for Primary Schools.

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CLPE are supporting Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell MBE, who has called on the Prime Minister to help reverse the spiral

Ann Lazim, our Library and Literacy Development Manager is retiring after working at the CLPE for 29 years.

We've joined with forty other organisations to call for long-term sustained funding for literacy
CLPE is delighted to announce we will once again be partnering with Cheltenham Festivals, and our involvement in delivering the Festivals’

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

    Dame Alison Peacock

  • 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

  • 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