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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. Zaro Weil was announced as the winner of CLiPPA 2020, for her collection of nature poems, Cherry Moon, published by ZaZaKids Books/Troika Books and illustrated by Junli Song. From a particularly strong shortlist, the judges also chose to honour Poems the Wind Blew In by Karmelo C. Iribarren, illustrated by Riya Chowdhury, translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel.

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.