Welcome to The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education is a charity working to improve literacy in primary schools.  Our work raises the achievement of children by helping schools to teach literacy creatively and effectively, showing teachers how quality children’s literature can be placed at the heart of all learning.

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CLPE Resources

Corebooks logo

Corebooks helps primary schools choose the very best children’s literature for their school or classroom libraries

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Power of Reading logo

The Power of Reading supports schools in raising engagement and attainment in reading and writing for all pupils

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Poetryline logo

Poetryline supports the teaching of poetry in primary schools with teaching resources and films from award winning poets

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Power of pictures

The Power of Pictures develops teachers understanding of how illustration can raise children’s achievement in literacy

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Upcoming Training

Improving Literacy, Changing Lives

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 - 10:00am

Power of Reading

Friday, 12 January 2018 - 10:00am

Planning Creatively Around Texts KS2

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 10:00am

Phonics in a Rich Reading Curriculum

Monday, 22 January 2018 - 10:00am

Latest News

CLPE Staff picks of 2017
Want to know what CLPE staff (and their children) enjoyed reading this year? Download our special Staff Picks booklist and find out!
Power of Reading - Lonely Beast
Discover the benefits for your school. We found 98% of 2016/17 participants said that the project improved children's engagement in reading.
Guardian Reading for Pleasure Conference
CLPE led good practice workshop on the Power of Reading at this year's Guardian and British Library Reading for Pleasure Conference
Mr Underbed free teaching sequence
Our Christmas present to you – a free teaching sequence for Mr Underbed by Chris Riddell on Core Books!
  • CLPE training has had a transformational effect on the engagement of our children in reading and writing.

    Headteacher, 2017

  • 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

  • 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

  • The CLPE Reading and Writing Scales could transform English pedagogy & assessment. An excellent free resource.

    Dame Alison Peacock

  • Power of Reading is an intrinsic part of our curriculum provision. Ofsted commented on visible progress and pupils’ evident love of reading.

    Headteacher, Power of Reading 2016-2017