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

Take a look at our range of teaching plans and resources, with updated plans for Power of Reading and our expanding bank of FREE resources
Discover the 50 titles (33 for 4-11 year olds and 17 for 12-16 year olds) chosen by Empathy Lab Uk for #ReadForEmpathy 2020
2 new dates announced for CLPE's Literacy Library Presents evening with a chance to hear leading children's authors and illustrators
Launch of CLPE's weekly Teacher Book Reviews from our expert teaching team

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

Excellence in Literacy for NQTs: Teaching Reading

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 - 10:00am

Developing Early Readers in Key Stage 2

Tuesday, 4 February 2020 - 10:00am

Inspiring Writing - Years 5/6

Friday, 7 February 2020 - 10:00am

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

    Poetryline User

  • 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

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

    Dame Alison Peacock

  • 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