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 KS2

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - Kirkby

Friday, 19 January 2018 - 10:00am

Phonics in a Rich Reading Curriculum

Monday, 22 January 2018 - 10:00am

Power of Reading - Bristol

Thursday, 25 January 2018 - 10:00am

Latest News

Building the Literacy Library
We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to help us raise funds to build a 'Literacy Library' at the heart of our beautiful building in London
CLPE conference
Develop a whole school ethos for quality English provision that ensures progress Key speakers include Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Winter booklist
Feeling the cold? Warm up with our updated winter booklist.
CLiPPA submissions
Submissions of books of children's poetry published in 2017 are invited for the CLiPPA 2018 and Grace Nichols is the judging panel chair
  • 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

  • The Power of Pictures provides great classroom activities. We are thrilled with the development of our children’s writing.

    Literacy Leader

  • Poetryline is a fantastic resource which fills a much needed gap.

    Poetryline User

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

    Dame Alison Peacock