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

Planning Creatively Around Texts in EYFS

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 10:00am

Building a Literate School - London

Friday, 2 March 2018 - 10:00am

Effective Spelling in a Rich Reading Curriculum

Monday, 12 March 2018 - 10:00am

Latest News

Building the Literacy Library campaign
Further donations mean CLPE's Literacy Library will be a reality but we still need your support.
CLPE Teacher Twilight - poetry event
Come to CLPE's Teacher Twilight - Developing Readers and Writers through Poetry on 26 March, 5.30-7,30. Tickets only £5 (includes a drink)
CLPE conference
Develop a whole school ethos for quality English provision that ensures progress Key speakers include Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Dramatically Improving Literacy course
Book on a brand new 2 day which will boost teachers' ability to use drama strategies in the classroom and get 2 free theatre tickets
  • 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

  • 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

  • I’ve led English for 9 years and I’ve still learnt something new in each session. The best course I’ve ever been on

    Progress and Achievement in Reading training participant