Chartered College Teacher Twilight – The Power of Poetry: Engaging and developing children as writers

20/03/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Our next Chartered College Network hub event will be a chance to explore the integral role of poetry in children’s literacy development.  In our work across the country, we see again and again what an important branch of literature poetry is. Poetry provides the gateway for so many young readers and writers in their journey towards becoming literate; delighting, supporting and engaging children as they build a love of literature. We will draw on classroom-based learning from teachers involved in CLPE’s recent Power of Poetry project, as well as extensive insights garnered from CLPE’s longstanding research into effective practice and provision for poetry in the primary classroom.

Charlotte Hacking, Learning Programme Leader at CLPE, will begin with considering the role of poetry in the curriculum, drawing on insights from Ofsted’s recent Curriculum Review. She will then reflect on the range of ways in which raising the profile of poetry and incorporating it more fully in the curriculum can be transformative to children’s confidence, engagement and attainment.

Sophia Masieh, Deputy Headteacher and SENCO at Queen’s Manor School, and formerly English Lead at St Thomas of Canterbury School in Hammersmith and Fulham, will share reflections on how she has used a focus on poetry to develop children’s confidence in performing, sharing how children in her school have twice been winners of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA) shadowing scheme and the impact this has had on their engagement in reading and writing.

Award winning poet Joseph Coelho, will give a unique insight into the power of poetry and his journey into performing and writing poetry for children.

Throughout the session there will be opportunities to reflect on and discuss the research underpinning the approaches shared, drawing on CLPE’s recent research project, The Power of Poetry, evaluated by Professor Andrew Lambirth. This will all be considered within the context of the challenges and demands of the contemporary classroom.

Tickets for this special event are only £5 including a glass of wine or soft drink. Attendees will receive free copies of our CLPE publication Poetry in Primary Schools: What We Know Works and details of how to enter the CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Scheme.

Registration for the event opens at 5pm. At the end of the session, attendees will be able to purchase poetry collections to support children of all ages from Letterbox Library and Joseph Coelho will be available for signing.


Webber Street
United Kingdom