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 teaching sequences, videos of poet performances and interviews and a wealth of resources to support the quality 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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Use our free poetry teaching resources


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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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


Teaching Sequences

Guide to Teaching Poetry in Primary Schools

Kidds at CLiPPA Poetry Awards 2017

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

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Reading for Pleasure

We work to emphasise the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers. Discover our range of Reading for Pleasure resources

A guide to Reading for Pleasure

The Power of Reading

The CLPE Reading and Writing Scales

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All CLPE training is designed to help you develop practical approaches to literacy learning that inspire a love of reading and writing for all children. Teachers attending our training receive strategies and resources that can be put into immediate practise and support EYFS 2014 and NC 2014.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Power of Reading is an intrinsic part of our curriculum provision. Ofsted commented on visible progress and pupils’ evident love of reading.

    Headteacher, Power of Reading 2016-2017