CLPE's Teaching Poetry Course in association with Macmillan Children's Books
Created: 22nd March, 2024

Apply for a FREE place on Teaching Poetry with Kate Wakeling in association with Macmillan Children's Books

CLPE are delighted to announce an extension to their poetry partnership with Macmillan Children’s Books, following the success of The Big Amazing Poetry Project, to continue to highlight the importance of poetry in children's developing literacy. 

This year's Teaching Poetry course with award-winning children's poet Kate Wakeling, will be run in association with Macmillan Children’s Books. The course aims to empower teachers with a broad knowledge of poets and poetry whose work and be drawn upon to support children of all ages in the primary phase and creative teaching approaches to engage children in listening to, performing, reading, responding to and writing poetry, building on the learning from The Big Amazing Poetry Project.

Macmillan Children’s Books' partnership will enable ten primary schools to benefit from a free place on the course. They will also provide a goody bag, including a free poetry text, for every school taking part in the course to support them in developing their poetry book stock. CLPE will also provide schools with copies of two of Kate's poetry collections.

Schools wishing to apply for one of the free places should register their interest here before 5pm on Monday 22nd April. Priority for places will be given to schools with above average percentages of children eligible for Free School Meals and/or with English as an Additional Language.  


"I was lucky enough to be on the Big Amazing Poetry Project last year and, it sounds dramatic, but it was life changing - I've read more poetry in the last 12 months than my other 38 years put together! So thank you." Vikki Parker, Weston Hills Primary Lincolnshire


The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) is an independent UK charity dedicated to raising the literacy achievement of children by putting quality children’s literature at the heart of all learning. It is a charity with a national and international reputation for excellent literacy training, teaching resources and research. The charity was the winner of the 2019 Eleanor Farjeon Award, Southwark Charity of the Year in 2020, Teach Primary English Award winner in 2021, Teach Primary CPD Award winner in 2022 and London Book Fair Charity of the Year in 2022.


Macmillan Children’s Books is one of the UK’s leading children’s publishers, creating and publishing bestselling brands and children’s books for all ages for over 150 years. The original publisher of Alice in Wonderland, the MCB list today features many international bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators. MCB has a highly regarded poetry list, including Allie Esiri’s A Poem for Every Day of the Year and Paul Cookson’s The Works. Pre-school specialist Campbell Books, award-winning illustrated list Two Hoots, and non-fiction led Kingfisher are also imprints.


Kate Wakeling - Teaching Poetry Course