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AR quizzes for the World Book Day books are live!

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

    Happy World Book Day customers! We are delighted to announce that all twelve of the £1 World Book Day 2019 books – plus one which is only available in Ireland – are now available to quiz on Accelerated Reader. Quiz information is listed below. Amazingly, more than 15 million World Book Day tokens […]

What Kids Are Reading 2019 – The Big Launch!

By Ruth Atkinson, Marketing Assistant

Now in its eleventh year, our annual What Kids Are Reading report is worth making a big deal out of!

Renaissance announced as Education Resource Awards finalist

By Renaissance UK,

Renaissance is pleased to be shortlisted in the ‘Supplier of the Year’ category at the Education Resource Awards 2019. Now in its 19th year, the awards ceremony which is organised in association with BESA, is well established in celebrating the outstanding success of suppliers and teaching professionals in the UK.

Guest Blog: Bringing clarity and reality to school assessments

By Simon Pritchard, Headteacher

Like many schools, when levels were removed from primary assessment, we thought that the adoption of ‘Emerging, Developing and Secure’ would give us a solid way of assessing and measuring learning progression.

WKAR Quiz Writers’ Choice Award nominees for 2019!

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

Here at Renaissance, we’re getting excited for next week’s launch of our annual What Kids Are Reading report!

LGBT History Month

By Alex Halcoussis, Editorial Assistant

Nearly fifty years on from the Stonewall Riots that helped kick-start the Gay Liberation Movement, this February marks LGBT History Month. The theme for 2019 is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation. To celebrate, we’ve picked out some great fiction and non-fiction books for all interest levels that are sure to get kids exploring LGBT history and […]

Dear Data…. this is not goodbye

By Gary Alexander, Deputy Head Teacher

In this guest post, the Deputy Head Teacher of Battle & Langton Primary School, Gary Alexander, shares his initial thoughts on Ofsted’s recently-published consultation paper on the proposed new inspection framework. In particular, he looks at the implications for assessment and data collection.

Intent, implementation, impact – how can Star Assessments and Accelerated Reader help with the proposed new Ofsted framework?

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

“We are proposing an evolutionary shift that rebalances inspection to look rather more closely at the substance of education: what is taught and how it is taught.” – Ofsted Chief inspector Amanda Spielman in the foreword to the new framework consultation If you’re connected to the world of British education in any way, you’ll have […]

School Library Pack 2019

By Alex Halcoussis, Editorial Assistant

    After a much-needed break for Christmas and New Year, schools have started again for 2019! For some English schools this means taking delivery of BookTrust’s free School Library Pack. Funded partly by Arts Council England, the pack contains forty books and consists of fifteen titles split into three groups – future classics, reluctant […]

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 […]

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