CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme

From Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Resource type: Book awards

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3

Region(s): All of UK

The CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme is an integral part of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award and provides the opportunity for teachers and pupils to explore the work of the best contemporary poets for children.

CLPE provides free teaching sequences for each of the CLiPPA shortlisted titles to support teachers and help them engage young people through reading, performing and writing poetry. Schools can also choose to submit videos of pupils performing a favourite poem from one of the shortlisted collections for the chance to be selected to perform live at the award ceremony. Performances can be by individuals or groups of pupils and the shadowing scheme judges will choose one winning performance for each shortlisted collection.


  • Registration for the Shadowing Scheme 2024 opens on 4th March.
  • The 2024 Shadowing Scheme launches with the announcement of the CLiPPA shortlist on 8th May.
  • The deadline for all Shadowing Scheme entries is the 13th June.
  • The winning Shadowing Schools will be invited to perform at the CLiPPA Award ceremony in London on 12th July.

Cost: Free with registration

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:

  • Read a blog by Headteacher Sonia Thompson describing how her pupils benefit from taking part in the Shadowing Scheme.
  • Find teaching sequences for past CLiPPA shortlisted poetry collections here.
  • 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.
  • For schools interested in running poetry workshops, both the Poetry Society and Apples and Snakes can help organise in-school events with poets.
  • Encourage your pupils to write their own poetry with one of the poetry writing competitions for primary and secondary pupils.
  • Find more resources to support the teaching of poetry here.

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