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The National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools

At CLPE we believe poetry is a fundamental element in the development of children’s literacy. We provide a free website – Poetryline which is packed with resources to support the teaching of poetry in primary schools.

We also run the Children’s Poetry Award, also known as CLiPPA, which is the only award in the UK for published children’s poetry. Established in 2003, the annual Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.

This year we are encouraging schools to get involved through a Shadowing Scheme. Participating schools will also have the chance to perform poetry on stage at the National Theatre.

In addition we provide professional development for poetry, publications and booklists. We even have a poetry library which houses a selection of the best new poetry books for children and a classic collection of great poetry books published in the last 50 years (poetry anthologies and single author collections) To arrange a visit please contact Ann Lazim