From Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Resource type: Book awards

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2

Region(s): All of UK

CLiPPA  – the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award  – showcases the best published poetry for children and is the only award of its kind in the UK. The award is judged by a panel of poets and literacy experts.

There is also a CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme that encourages schools to explore and perform the poetry on the shortlist.

Read the shortlist and winner announcements for the CLiPPA 2023.


  • The shortlist is announced in May.
  • The winner is announced in July.

Cost: Free.

About Centre for Literacy in Primary Education: CLPE is an independent charity with over 40 years’ experience of providing evidence-based CPD training and high-quality resources to support teachers.

Further resources:

  • Connie Wanek, co-author of this year’s CLiPPA-winning collection Marshmallow Clouds shares her thoughts on writing poetry for children and young people in this blog.
  • CLPE provide teaching sequences for CLiPPA shortlisted poetry collections.
  • The National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools website hosts a range of teaching resources, videos and poetry recommendations to support the teaching of poetry in primary schools.
  • Find more poetry recommendations for the primary bookshelves from the expert team at Just Imagine in this blog.
  • Poetry by Heart is a national poetry speaking competition for young people aged 7-18 that takes place in the Spring Term.
  • National Poetry Day takes place in October and the website provides a range of resources to support this annual celebration of poetry.
  • The Poetry Society offers a service matching poets with schools that would like to run poetry workshops.
  • Authors Live On Demand has a bank of recorded events featuring poets performing and talking about their work. See the selection here.
  • Find further resources to support the teaching of poetry here.

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