Poetry at CLPE and CLiPPA

CLPE is the National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools

At CLPE we believe poetry is a fundamental element in the development of children’s literacy and we build poetry into all that we do.

We run the CLiPPA (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award), which is the only award in the UK for published children’s poetry. Established in 2003, the annual Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children. 

CLiPPA 2019 has officially started with the judges being announced on Monday 14th January. See our CLiPPA page to find out more or check out our twitter where we published fact files on each judge. The closing date for submissions for the 2019 CLiPPA award is 31st January. The shortlist will be announced in April and the Poetry Show, where the 2019 winner will be announced, will be held in summer 2019.

The winner of the CLiPPA 2018 was Karl Nova for his debut book Rhythm and Poetry. The announcement was made at the finale of the Poetry Show at the Olivier, National Theatre on 22 June 2018 which featured performances from talented young poets from the five winning shadowing schools and performances from Karl Nova and other CLiPPA 2018 shortlisted poets Joseph Coelho, John Agard, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Ruth Awolola one of the poets included in the Rising Stars: New Voices in Poetry collection which was, was highly commended.

Find out the full 2018 Shortlist, who was on the judging panel and how to access the free resources through the free Schools Shadowing Scheme. Participating schools had the chance to perform poetry at the award ceremony which is our annual celebration of children's poetry.

Our free website Poetryline is packed with resources to support and enhance the teaching of poetry in primary schools - there are teaching sequences, videos of poets reading and talking about their work, examples of practice and hundreds of poems to inspire and enthuse budding poets. 

We provide professional development for poetry, publications and booklists. We have a poetry library which houses a selection of the best new poetry books for children and a classic collection of great poetry books published in the last 50 years (poetry anthologies and single author collections) To arrange a visit to the library please contact Ann Lazim.

Poetry in Primary Schools – What We Know Works
This free publication shares what we know about making poetry work in primary schools. We’ve worked with poets, with teachers and with children to bring together the key things you need to pay attention to if you want to be a poetry school encouraging a lifelong love of literacy learning.

We are a National Poetry Day partner and are part of the team of national poetry organisations that put together a wealth of resources to support this national event.