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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The Teaching Team at CLPE have been working hard to meet schools' changing

When we closed our Centre in London last week and said a sad goodbye to our beautiful Literacy Library...
We celebrated World Book Day with pupils from St John's Walworth School joining us for storytelling and a workshop with Viviane Schwarz

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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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

Teaching Reading in Years 5/6

Monday, 30 March 2020 - 10:30am

Teaching Reading in Years 3/4

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - 10:00am

Inspiring Writing KS1 - Manchester

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 - 10:00am

Literacy Library Presents...Unsung Stories

Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 6:00pm

Inspiring Writing - Years 5/6

Monday, 4 May 2020 - 10:00am

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Headteacher, 2017