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Season’s Readings!

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

The countdown to Christmas has begun and, as ever, we’d like to share with you some of our favourite Christmas reads with recently published quizzes, to get your students in the mood for their upcoming break. We are feeling very festive here in the Renaissance office; check out some of the Content team sporting our cheesy […]

It’s the most crazy time of the year…

By Gary Alexander, Deputy Head Teacher

Without a doubt, the last few weeks of term in the run up to Christmas are by far the busiest and the craziest of the whole year. Pulling together the nativity plays and carol concerts while trying to keep pupils focused is no mean feat… and given it’s also a key assessment period, it’s not surprising that the workload pressure is full on.

Renaissance Awards 2018

By Ruth Atkinson, Marketing Assistant

On Friday 30th November, teachers, headteachers and librarians from schools across the UK and Ireland headed towards Canary Wharf, East London. Waiting for them on the 14th floor of the South Quay building was a night to remember…

Reducing workload for Teach First with Renaissance Star Assessments

For a second year, Teach First is partnering with Renaissance to reduce the workload for its participants (trainees) in schools by making use of data gathered through Star Assessments.

Book Week Scotland 2018

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

Book Week Scotland is running from Monday 19th – Sunday 25th November. It’s a week in which people gather in libraries, workplaces and schools to get involved in all sorts of exciting literary events with Scottish authors, illustrators and poets. And this year’s theme is Rebel! The Scottish Book Trust are asking readers to vote […]

Remembering 100 years since the end of the Great War

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

Armistice Day, 11th November, marks the end of World War I in 1918. One hundred years after the war, we take the time to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made on the battlefields and at home. A member of the Content team, Lee, recently visited Ypres in Belgium, which was the site of five […]

Ghoulish books for students this Halloween

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

It’s that time of year again – where we don our pointed witches’ hats for Halloween, and crack open the most thrilling and scary reads of the year! The Content department have chosen some of their favourite spooky reads for Halloween: the ones that made our skin crawl, made us laugh, or maybe even made […]

Black History Month

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

To mark Black History month this October, we asked our quiz writers to pick a significant book they particularly enjoyed reading and quizzing. Read on to find out what they chose!   “Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.’ And thus begins the story of the fun and curious Anna Hibiscus. Young Anna lives with […]

Does stress-free assessment for students exist?

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Year after year, news stories hit the headlines about how testing, especially SATs, are negatively affecting young children and their mental health. The stress that SATs cause children has been criticised but, is there a way we can better prepare children for their paper-based tests that doesn’t make them feel like they are constantly being […]

Autumn Reads

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

The evenings are starting to draw in, the leaves are getting crunchier and conkers are falling from the trees. Autumn is nearly upon us! Whether you’re a librarian looking for some inspiration for a leafy book display, or just want to get into the spirit with some seasonal books, look no further than the quiz […]

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