Let's Write! Improving Reading and Writing Using Poetry with Matt Goodfellow

24th May, 2022 - 10:00 am to 15:30 pm
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This one day course, led by internationally published and CLiPPA shortlisted poet Matt Goodfellow and CLPE's Charlotte Hacking, will explore how poetry can be used in cross-curricular ways to engage children, develop effective writing and boost attainment in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.

What you will learn:

This highly immersive and practical day focusses on:

  • How to support teachers develop a wide knowledge of poets and poetry
  • How to engage children with a variety of poetic styles and forms through a range of creative approaches
  • Helping pupils respond to texts and develop deeper levels of inference when reading
  • How to use poetry to develop and extend vocabulary and comprehension of language across the curriculum
  • How to help children foster their own authentic voices through writing poetry
  • How to support children to write effectively to make impact on the reader

What participants will receive:

All participants will gain expert insights from the CLPE’s Power of Poetry research project, as well as receive a copy of Matt's Bright Bursts of Colour poetry collection, to help with the immediate implementation of the day’s training in their own classrooms.

Learning outcomes:

Through a cross-curricular focus on poetry for all primary year groups, teachers will:

  • Gain greater confidence in planning a range of practical activities to develop children’s creative writing in the classroom
  • Develop strategies to incorporate poetry into the wider curriculum
  • Learn how to develop and extend children’s understanding and use of vocabulary through poetry.

About Matt Goodfellow

Matt Goodfellow is from Manchester. He is a National Poetry Day Ambassador for the Forward Arts Foundation. His most recent collection is ‘Bright Bursts of Colour’ (Bloomsbury 2020). Other books include his acclaimed debut collection, ‘Carry Me Away’, released in 2016,‘Be the Change’ (Macmillan 2019) and ‘The Same Inside’ (Macmillan 2018), written with Liz Brownlee and Roger Stevens, and ‘Chicken on the Roof’ (Otter Barry 2018). He spent over ten years working as a primary school teacher but now his fills his week with writing, and visits to schools, libraries and festivals to deliver inspirational  poetry performances and workshops.

Book our face-to-face courses with full confidence that they will be run within government guidelines on health and safety and social distancing.  Like everyone, we are having to review the situation with regards to Covid-19 regularly. If government guidance changes then we will work with you to ensure that we can deliver an alternative that meets your needs and that gives your school the training you need. 


So many great practical ideas to use in my classroom.

Teacher, 2019

Got so many ideas for lessons/activities. Very informative. Interesting. Wider knowledge.

Teacher, 2019

Informative and relevant. Very useful for ideas in class. 

Teacher, 2019