The CLiPPA Schools Shadowing Scheme

Clippa 2017 - children performing

Register your interest for the Schools Shadowing Scheme 2018 now

The Shadowing Scheme for CLiPPA 2018 will start in May 2018. Please register your interest by email to [email protected] and we will then contact you as soon as registration opens. If you haven't participated before, the Shadowing Scheme is an excellent way to engage all children from EYFS to KS3 with poetry as we provide all the resources you need - for free. Participating schools even have the chance to perform live on stage at the National Theatre at the Poetry Show where we announce the winner for CLiPPA.

Find out more about the Schools Shadowing Scheme 2017

The Annual Poetry Award is the only one of its kind in the UK, encouraging and celebrating outstanding poetry published for children. The winner of the CLiPPA 2017 was Kate Wakeling for Moon Juice. 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.

A huge congratulations to our winning shadowing school performers who were chosen from over 250 entries:

Gabriel, Munachiso, Oliver, Arsemma, Izabella, Tia, Rioghna, Matthew, Bella, Giorgio, Riley from St Thomas of Canterbury - Reception Class (Teacher: Sophia Masieh) who performed Be-ware! by James Carter from Zim Zam Zoom!;

Sherena, Sara, Hiba, Rania from Benedict Primary - Year 4 (Teacher: Jean-Christophe Brunet) who performed Finger Food by Michael Rosen from Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots;

Ellie, Alice, Elizabeth from Alexandra Junior School - Year 5 ( Teacher: Michaela Mihalop) who performed Hamster Man by Kate Wakeling from Moon Juice;

Lewis from Highfield Primary School - Year 5 (Teacher: Cheryl Moskowitz) who performed Do Over by Kwame Alexander from Booked;

Destiny, Oskar, Sophie, Kate, Artur, Lauren, Reilly from Whitehill Junior School - Year 5  (Teacher: Anna Beresford) who performed How Doth the Scary Centipede by Roger Stevens from Wonderland (Edited by Michaela Morgan).

Free shadowing resources for the CLiPPA 2017 shortlist are available :

Booked by Kwame Alexander – Year 6/7 resources

Wonderland: Alice in Poetry Ed. Michaela Morgan – Year 5/6 resources

Moon Juice by Kate Wakeling, illus. Elina Braslina – Year 4/5 resources

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots by Michael Rosen, illus. David Tazzyman – Year 2/3/4 resources

Zim Zam Zoom! by James Carter, illus. Nicola Colton – EYFS/Year 1 resources

If you are interested in registering for the school shadowing scheme for CLiPPA 2018 or have any questions please email [email protected]

CLiPPA 2017 was made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England, Crest Nicholson, The Ernest Cook Trust and St Olave's Foundation Fund.

Photo Credit: Ellie Kurtz


Highfield Primary - Shadowing Winners - Booked by Kwame Alexander

Highfield Primary - Booked - Shadowing Winner

Whitehill Juniors - Shadowing Winners - Jelly Boots Smelly Boots

Whitehill Junior School - Shadowing Winner - Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots


Benedict Primary - Moon Juice - Shadowing Winner

Alexandra Junior School - Shadowing Winners - Wonderland: AliceInPoetry Ed Michaela Morgan

Alexandra Juniors - Wonderland: Alice in Poetry - Shadowing Winners

St Thomas of Canterbury - Shadowing Winners - Zim Zam Zoom by James Carter

St Thomas of Canterbury - Shadowing Winners - Zim Zam Zoom by James Carter