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 run the only award solely for published children's poetry in the UK, the CLiPPA ,and run a shadowing scheme to help teachers and children engage with the award in schools.

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 poets perform for National Poetry Day 2019

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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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

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 and register your interest for 2020

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 - Stockton on Tees

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 - 10:00am

Teaching Reading in Years 3/4

Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 10:00am

Teacher Book Group

Monday, 25 November 2019 - 4:30pm

Closing the Vocabulary Gap in the Early Years

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - 10:00am

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    Headteacher, 2017

  • 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.

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