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.
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 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
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, 17 September 2019 - 10:00am
Thursday, 19 September 2019 - 5:30pm
Friday, 20 September 2019 - 10:00am
Monday, 23 September 2019 - 10:00am
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.
CLPE training has had a transformational effect on the engagement of our children in reading and writing.
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