The Power of Poetry

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Find out more about our new online CPD to provide extra support for your literacy curriculum

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03/02/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
03/03/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
05/05/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
09/06/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
30/06/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This course has taken place. Please email us if you'd like to join the Power of Poetry waiting list.

Book a place on this 5 day training project, co-delivered by CLPE, 4 poets and an anthologist as expert tutors. This Arts Council funded project costs £375 per place which equates to just £75 per day.

We know through our research and experience that teachers feel they lack the confidence to teach poetry, particularly the writing of poetry. This course will develop teachers' knowledge, confidence and expertise in their own poetry repertoire and about the teaching of poetry.

The Power of Poetry will demonstrate the importance of poetry as a vehicle for improving children’s engagement in and enjoyment of reading and creative writing in schools. Participants will receive top quality creative training from poets Roger McGough, Valerie Bloom, AF Harrold, Sarah Crossan and anthologist, Allie Esiri. 

Included in the price of the course are two theoretical texts plus a book from each of the poet tutors, associated teaching sequences and a course anthology.

Course outline

Each training day will focus on a different aspect of poetry to give the participants a wide and varied experience of poetry in all its forms. These highly practical sessions will focus on the poets' inspirations and process and will involve listening to, responding to, reading and writing poetry. The five sessions will focus on:

Day 1

Language and wordplay led by AF Harrold

Day 2

Poetic forms and structures led by Roger McGough

Day 3

Poetry across a range of cultures led by Valerie Bloom

Day 4

Extended forms of poetry; verse novels, rhyming texts and lyrical language led by Sarah Crossan

Day 5

Anthologies and compiling a course anthology – led by Allie Esiri

Sharing findings

On each course day the teachers will share their work and findings, looking at what they will take forward in their future teaching and enjoyment of poetry in school. This will include collecting examples of children’s own poetry writing. On the final day anthologist Allie Esiri will support the participants in curating their own anthology, which will be compiled by CLPE and made available for each school.

The training will focus on:

  • The impact of participants’ own experiences of poetry on their teaching of poetry in the classroom
  • The interplay between teachers' developing knowledge and enthusiasm for poetry as part of the course and how this shifts practice as a teacher of poetry
  • The impact of the tutors being published poets as educators
  • How the use of poetry in classrooms impacts on different kinds of learners

Places are strictly limited for this subsidised course. A maximum of 2 teachers may book from a single school.

Poems and performances from Roger McGough, Valerie Bloom and Sarah Crossan feature on Poetryline, our free poetry resources site. 

Find out more about the poets on their websites:

AF Harrold

Roger McGough

Valerie Bloom

Sarah Crossan

Allie Esiri

"Poetry eases the process of writing"

John Hegley, Poet
Webber Street corner of Webber Row
United Kingdom
  • Lunch Included
  • New Course
  • Includes Resources