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.
Use our free poetry teaching resources
Register for our free poetry teaching resources.
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.
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.
Use our free teaching sequences to guide your planning and use the teaching approaches to explore poetry in depth; enhancing reading comprehension and providing meaningful contexts and purposes for writing and performance.
Create a Poetry Classroom
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
Reading for Pleasure
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.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 10:00am
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - 10:00am
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - 10:00am
Monday, 3 December 2018 - 10:00am
Thursday, 6 December 2018 - 10:00am
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
The Power of Pictures provides great classroom activities. We are thrilled with the development of our children’s writing.
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
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
I’ve led English for 9 years and I’ve still learnt something new in each session. The best course I’ve ever been on
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