The CLiPPA Schools Shadowing Scheme

The Annual Poetry Award is the only one of its kind in the UK, encouraging and celebrating outstanding poetry published for children.

We are now inviting schools to apply for our free CLiPPA 2017 Shadowing Scheme. Please fill in the online application form. The first five schools to apply will receive a free set of the shortlisted books. To celebrate 15 years of CLiPPA we will also be giving away whole class tickets to the Awards Ceremony at the National Theatre, London on the 14 July 2017. Priority for these tickets will be given to the first schools to sign up to this scheme.

Taking part in the free Shadowing Scheme is easy.

  • Register your school here
  • Plan for 5 - 22 June to be the period to bring poetry to life in your classroom
  • Look out for the announcement of the CLiPPA 2017 shortlist and the release of the corresponding teaching resources on 22 May
  • Participation is completely free but you will need to purchase a set of the shortlisted books. Details on how to purchase discounted sets will be available in May
  • Use the free teaching resources to inspire your class and create a poetry classroom for 3 weeks
  • If you wish, send us videos of your children performing from the shortlisted books as individuals, groups or as a class no later than 5pm on 22 June
  • All participating schools will receive a signed certificate 

Five winning shadowing groups will be picked from the videos to perform at the Award Ceremony at the National Theatre, participate in performance workshops and meet all of the shortlisted poets. Last year's shadowing groups met poets Michael Rosen and Sarah Crossan plus illustrator and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

2016 Shadowing Scheme

More than 1000 children from 80 schools took part in the Shadowing Scheme for CLiPPA 2016 submitting between them nearly 130 films of children performing their favourite poems from the shortlist. The lucky winning performers were invited to the National Theatre to meet the shortlisted poets and take part in specially planned theatre workshops. The winning children then performed on stage alongside the shortlisted poets before the winner announcement. 

The shadowing groups who wowed the judges with their imaginative performances were:

The Gattons Infant School - Reception Class

Emily, Eliot, Thea, Izzy, Isaac and Hollie

Teacher: Andrea Parsons

Merton Park Primary School - Year 5

Hayaat, Ganan, Yusef and Wahab

Teacher: Danielle Mikkelson

Springfield Primary School - Year 6

Devonte, Jahrael, Daniel and Reece

Teacher: Nina Steeples

Highfield Primary School - Year 5

Yekta and Christvie

Teacher: David Wilson

Poet in Residence: Cheryl Moskowitz

All Saints Primary Schools - Year 4

Melody, Atanas, Florence, Elijah, Don, Mena, Danyal, Zyra, Michael, Georgi and Georgia

Teacher: Clare Chambers

Congratulations to the Runner Up Shadowing Schools:

Highfield Primary School

Middle Park Primary School

Noel Park Academy

Whitefield Primary School

If you have any questions please email [email protected]