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.


What’s the Story? Enriching Communication, Language and Literacy in the Early Years Conference

Join us for an exceptional day for Early Years practitioners on 14 March. Our conference will inspire and equip teachers to engage young children in story making, storytelling, and performance and features an incredible line up of speakers including: Tina Bruce, Julia Donaldson and Katrice Horsley. Places are strictly limited.
We have been working with teachers and in partnership with UKLA, NATE, NAAE and the EMC to develop the original Reading and Writing Scales into a tool that can be used by teachers to inform classroom practice in the 21st Century. They are now available as a free download and an App.
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How to look for a lost dog by Ann M. Martin

Rose has an obsession with homonyms (readers will certainly know what this means and have encountered many examples by the end of the book!) and prime numbers.

Are you based in Kingston, Richmond, Ealing or surrounding areas? We have a new Power of Reading project starting on 26 February - find out more about dates and booking places here
"Great delivery, great information, great resource suggestions, engaging activities". This 2 day course starting on 4 March examines the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and explores ways in which these can be met through a rich reading curriculum using quality children’s texts.
Did you know during 2014-2015 we delivered training to 3000 primary school staff at 80 locations? Read on to find out more about the value we add through our training, projects and resources and how teachers, schools and children benefit from the work we do.
We have a wealth of knowledge and understanding about teaching poetry in primary schools. In our work with schools we see again and again what an important branch of literature poetry is. Download our free, practical booklet which shares what we know about developing poetry in schools.

Upcoming Courses and Events

Achieving Excellence in the Early Years

12/01/2016 - 9:30am ... 12/07/2016 - 9:30am

Power of Reading in the Early Years

01/12/2015 - 9:30am ... 05/07/2016 - 9:30am

Power of Reading

22/09/2016 - 9:30am ... 06/07/2016 - 9:30am

Power of Pictures

26/02/2016 - 9:30am ... 08/04/2016 - 9:30am