CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme

From Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Resource type: Book awards, Projects, programmes and workshops

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2

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 pupils to explore and engage with the work of the shortlisted poets.

CLPE provides free teaching sequences and videos for all CLiPPA shortlisted titles. The resources focus on the appreciation, performance and writing of poetry. Schools can then 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 collection.


  • The Shadowing Scheme runs from mid May to mid June.
  • The winning Shadowing Schools perform at the CLiPPA Award ceremony 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:

  • Find teaching sequences for past CLiPPA shortlisted poetry collections here.
  • Read a blog by Headteacher Sonia Thompson describing how her pupils benefit from taking part in the Shadowing Scheme.
  • 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.
  • Poetry by Heart is a national poetry speaking competition open to pupils in KS2 through to KS5.
  • 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 provides a range of teaching resources on their website and offers a service matching poets with schools that would like to run poetry workshops.
  • Young Writers runs regular poetry writing competitions for primary and secondary pupils all through the year.

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