Poetry at CLPE

The National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools

At CLPE we believe poetry is a fundamental element in the development of children’s literacy and we build poetry into all that we do.

We run the CLiPPA (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award), 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.

The winner of the CLiPPA 2017 was Kate Wakeling for Moon Juice, illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa. The announcement was made at the finale of the Poetry Show at the Olivier, National Theatre on 14 July 2017 which featured performances from talented young poets from the five winning shadowing schools and performances from Kate Wakeling and two other CLiPPA 2017 shortlisted poets James Carter and Michaela Morgan. Booked by Kwame Alexander, published by Andersen Press, was highly commended.

Find out the full  2017 Shortlist, who was on the judging panel and how to access the free resources through the free Schools Shadowing Scheme. Participating schools had the chance to perform poetry at the award ceremony which is our annual celebration of children's poetry.

Our free website Poetryline is packed with resources to support and enhance the teaching of poetry in primary schools - there are teaching sequences, videos of poets reading and talking about their work, examples of practice and hundreds of poems to inspire and enthuse budding poets. 

In 2016-17, we launched a new Arts Council funded 5 day poetry course for teachers with poets Roger McGough, Valerie Bloom, Sarah Crossan, AF Harrold and anthologist Allie Esiri. The project was evaluated by Professor Andrew Lambirth from the University of Greenwich. The evaluation findings will be published in Spring 2018.

We provide professional development for poetry, publications and booklists. We 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 to the library please contact Ann Lazim.

Poetry in Primary Schools – What We Know Works
This free publication shares what we know about making poetry work in primary schools. We’ve worked with poets, with teachers and with children to bring together the key things you need to pay attention to if you want to be a poetry school encouraging a lifelong love of literacy learning.

We are a National Poetry Day partner and are part of the team of national poetry organisations that put together a wealth of resources to support this national event.