The Power of Reading

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Power of Reading: The complete book-based approach to improving literacy standards in your school.

What is the Power of Reading?  

The Power of Reading is CLPE’s proven professional development programme that supports your primary school to evolve a high quality literacy curriculum which develops reading comprehension and writing composition, and fosters a whole school love of reading and writing. 

The Power of Reading puts quality children’s literature at the heart of literacy learning and is built on years of research and best practice.  The programme develops teacher subject knowledge and supports your school to raise engagement and attainment in language, vocabulary, reading and writing and meet all the requirements of the National Curriculum. It includes in-depth training and has excellent teaching resources at its heart which can be accessed through a CLPE School Membership.


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Power of Reading Training

This four day programme shows teachers how to build a book-based curriculum by putting children’s literature at the heart of their primary English curriculum. The programme develops teachers’ subject knowledge and understanding of proven pedagogical approaches.

The Power of Reading is a long standing programme which was first developed in 2005. It has a rich evidence base and has raised achievement in more than 5000 schools. 98% of teachers saw improved engagement in children’s reading and 97% saw an improvement in children’s writing. Children who are part of the programme make an additional six months progress compared to their peers. (The full report from Leeds Trinity University is available from Supporting Materials at the end of this page.)

View the Power of Reading Impact Report 2023 in our Supporting Materials at the end of this page. 

We deliver the Power of Reading Training at our Centre in London or as an online programme. We also have a specific Early Years programme. It is also possible to commission the programme for your area. To find out more please email:  [email protected].

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You can access FREE examples of Power of Reading teaching sequences in the Supporting Materials section at the bottom of the page. 

"We have loved being part of this learning this year and it has been one of the best training courses that I have ever been on. We will never move away from Power of Reading, it has been transformational in our school, for staff and the pupils." Carrie Hyland, Assistant Headteacher, Northwood Community Primary

"The CPD is fantastic and has really got me thinking about my department and the curriculum in a way I haven't thought of in the past. It's a real help. Thank you." PoR Online attendee 2021

"This is my first year using CLPE planning and I have to say that I feel that my English teaching has greatly improved. I am more enthusiastic in my teaching, my pupils have become more engaged, and there is far more speaking, listening, vocabulary, drama, role-play, art and writing woven throughout my teaching" Joanna Shobbrook, Year 5/6 Teacher, St Michael’s Primary School.

CLPE School Membership - Power of Reading Teaching Sequences

CLPE School Membership gives your whole school access to detailed literacy planning for a wide range of high-quality children’s books, examples of curriculum maps to show how to plan a text based curriculum and accompanying home learning resources. These combined resources provide ideas, inspiration and structure for your literacy curriculum, raising literacy standards and developing a love of reading and writing.  Each year our expert teaching team add new plans and regularly update current planning to match statutory requirements giving your whole school a growing resource at an affordable cost.

Schools who book on our face to face Power of Reading Programmes receive a CLPE School Membership as part of the training package.

See some free examples of our Power of Reading Teaching Sequences in our Supporting Materials

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A wonderful example of the success of the Power of Reading can be seen in the outstanding Ofsted Report 2023 for one of CLPE's Associate Schools Hillmorton Primary School,  Rugby 

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The Power of Reading: Raising literacy standards through a book based curriculum


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