CLPE is the National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools
Use 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 (including for National Poetry Day) 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, the only UK award 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
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.
Tuesday, 2 June 2020 - 10:00am
Monday, 8 June 2020 - 10:00am
Tuesday, 9 June 2020 - 10:00am
Thursday, 11 June 2020 - 10:00am
Monday, 15 June 2020 - 10:00am
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