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.

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Explore how to develop a whole school ethos for the enjoyment of writing with renowned grammar and writing expert, David Crystal and award-winning children's author and zoologist, Nicola Davies. Delegates will participate in two workshops run by school based practitioners with CLPE advisory teachers and learn how to embed a love of writing for all children. Conference is taking place on 13 June and price is £190. Early booking is encouraged as places are limited.
CLiPPA 2017 - shortlist
CLPE is delighted to announce the 2017 shortlist for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA). Established in 2003, CLiPPA encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children. 2017 is the 15th anniversary of the award, which remains the only annual award in the UK for published poetry for children. The free Shadowing Scheme to involve schools in the Poetry Award 2017 is now open.
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

A haunting and reflective second novel from a writer whose first book is on the CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist.

Benefit from the expertise of CLPE staff with this impressive range of articles and research of key interest to those involved in teaching, literacy and education. Topics include exploring the best ways to engage early readers, the benefit of choosing the best books to motivate children as readers and writers and much more. There is also in-depth analysis of CLPE projects such as Power of Pictures.
The Girl of Ink and Stars
Inspired by the publication of The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver and its remarkable heroine Mouse, CLPE have produced a booklist of Females in Fantasy Fiction to celebrate other great female characters in fantasy fiction. See if your own favourite is included.
Experience high quality training over the next term. Book on Group Reading in KS2 or on the Getting it Write Conference (places still available).
Bedtime for Monsters - Power of Pictures - classroom example
Drawing dramatically improves writing, particularly for children with English as an additional language (EAL) and boys who are reluctant writers according to the evaluation report of the Arts Council funded Power of Pictures project .

Highly commended at the Education Resources Awards 2017 for Poetryline and also shortlisted for Power of Reading.