Welcome to The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

The CLPE is an independent UK charity with a global reputation for the quality of our research into literacy and teaching. Our work promotes high standards in the teaching of literacy. We particularly emphasise the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, with all the benefits this brings.

A highly effective 6 day project which provides successful, creative and inclusive approaches for raising all children’s achievement and motivation as writers. Comprehensive resources include children's books, CLPE publications and workshops for spelling, digital media and author-led writing.
For the first time two poets have been crowned winners of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). The announcement took place at a Poetry Show at the National Theatre with performances from the shortlisted poets and Shadowing School winners.
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The Tree by Neal Layton

The importance of inference in reading a picture book is superbly demonstrated here. The written text is minimal.


Download our free, practical publication about developing Reading for Pleasure in your school.

We have collected together a range of our free resources to support you to use quality children's literature to teach about empathy and understanding.
The Power of Pictures is a major new literacy project from CLPE and children’s authors/illustrators. Project findings show drawing is linked to success in children’s writing and reading pictures significantly impacts on comprehension. The project website is now live and free to use.
We have opened booking for our Professional Development in 2016-17. Places are strictly limited and always sell out fast.

Upcoming Courses and Events

Power of Pictures - Oxford

09/09/2016 - 9:30am ... 21/10/2016 - 9:30am

Power of Reading

22/09/2016 - 9:30am ... 08/06/2017 - 9:30am

Power of Reading - Peterborough

26/09/2016 - 10:00am ... 12/06/2017 - 10:00am

Power of Reading

29/09/2016 - 9:30am ... 15/06/2017 - 9:30am

Phonics in a Rich Reading Curriculum

03/10/2016 - 9:30am ... 17/10/2016 - 9:30am