CLPE is the National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools

Poetry is a fundamental element in the development of children’s literacy. This site holds an extensive bank of poems for children and teaching resources, videos of poet performances and interviews to support the teaching of poetry in the classroom. We are a National Poetry Day partner and have developed specific resources to help you celebrate this day in your school.

For more insight into CLPE's work with poetry view our video Poetry at CLPE, with poets Joseph Coelho, Karl Nova, CLPE Chief Executive Louise Johns-Shepherd and Learning Programme Leader Charlotte Hacking.

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Poets

Introduce children to poets through film

Find out more about favourite children’s poets. Read their poems, watch their performance films and listen to their interviews. Enjoy well-loved poets and discover new ones through our resources.

See 3 poets perform for National Poetry Day 2018

Kate Wakeling

Roger McGough

Allan Ahlberg

Joseph Coelho

Michael Rosen

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Poems

Discover hundreds of poems

Listen to award winning poets read their poems out loud with your children. Inspire them with classic favourites and introduce them to new poems from a variety of books and verse novels.

Please Mrs Butler

Welly Boots

The Sound Collector

School tomorrow - excuses for Mum

Jungle Cat

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Teaching Sequences

Text "Poetry in Pramary Schools, what we know works" and CLPE logos

Create a Poetry Classroom

We have created extensive materials to support best practice in the teaching of poetry supporting teachers and children to become confident poetry readers and writers

Key Teaching Approaches

Booklists

Teaching Sequences

Guide to Teaching Poetry in Primary Schools

CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA)

We run a school’s shadowing scheme alongside CLiPPA, which celebrates outstanding poetry published for children. Use the films of the shortlisted poets performing and the specially written teaching sequences for their books to inspire your children

Teaching Sequences for CLiPPA 2019 and all shortlisted poets 

See our videos of poet performances  poet interviews and children performing poetry

Find out more about CLiPPA 2019

A F Harrold

Join us at Let's Write! Improving Reading and Writing Using Poetry Course with A. F Harrold

Learn how poetry can be used in cross-curricular ways to engage children, develop effective writing and boost attainment in this one day course led by professional poet and author, A.F. Harrold on 11 March 2020.

 

Let's Write! Improving Reading and Writing Using Poetry course 11 March 2020

Upcoming Training

Power of Reading - London

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - Kingston & Richmond

Friday, 20 September 2019 - 10:00am

Phonics in a Rich Reading Curriculum

Monday, 23 September 2019 - 10:00am

Inspiring Writing - Years 5/6

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 10:00am

  • The Power of Pictures provides great classroom activities. We are thrilled with the development of our children’s writing.

    Literacy Leader

  • CLPE training has had a transformational effect on the engagement of our children in reading and writing.

    Headteacher, 2017

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

    Dame Alison Peacock

  • 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

  • Children’s writing has developed immensely and progress has accelerated. Our children now love reading and approach writing bursting with ideas and confidence.

    Headteacher, Power of Reading Project 2016-17