Quality children's literature at the heart of all learning.

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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Creative Responses, Creative Writing in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Work with performance poet Joseph Coelho and advisory teacher Charlotte Hacking to find out how to introduce approaches and techniques to develop writing, poetry and the spoken word with Early Years and Key Stage One children.


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Summer term courses and conferences at CLPE

We have a wide range of courses, conferences and seminars planned for the summer term. There are some old favourites, new ideas and fantastic events. Whether you are looking for CPD in writing, reading, poetry, phonics or early years, there is something for everyone. Browse our courses and book now.


24th April 2014 - 8:32

"out, out brief candle"...our free teaching sequence for Macbeth will go at the end of today... https://t.co/dxX7RSfpUO #Shakespeare450th

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23rd April 2014 - 19:03

RT @IBBYUK: Children's lit events at the Radical Book Fair May 10. Find out more at: http://t.co/BxIt0M1lOx

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23rd April 2014 - 16:45

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Planning Creatively in London and Oxford

We are offering our *Planning Creatively Around a Text* courses at CLPE in London and at the Story Museum in Oxford. Choose from either of these great venues and make sure you don't miss this essential course.


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It's conference season at CLPE!

Conferences for Writing, Early Years and Power of Reading are coming up in the summer term. Book now to secure your place.


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Phonics Within a Rich Reading Curriculum 28 April and 19 May

Join us for an inspiring and practical two day course for all those teaching phonics in early years or Key Stage One. Based on Letters and Sounds this course provides a range of approaches and activities to support phonics learning within a rich reading curriculum.


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Ann's Book of the Week - Zeraffa Giraffa

A picture book inspired by the true story of a giraffe sent as a gift to the King of France by the Great Pasha of Egypt in the 1820s. The exquisitely composed pictures show the different stages of the journey made by Zeraffa, accompanied by her keeper, the young boy Atir.


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Power of Reading

The Power of Reading project is in its ninth successful year and is still growing. The project has a new website, click 'more' for useful links for accessing the Power of Reading website and to find out about the information event for the 2014 project.


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