Renaissance Blog

63% of school leaders believe the attainment gap has grown during lockdown – how can using Focus Skills help to close it?

By Renaissance UK,

We recently undertook some research which asked over four hundred (443) senior school leaders, department heads and teachers about their experience of assessing and combatting the attainment gap as schools return to the classroom. The findings revealed that the majority of heads and school teachers (63%) think lockdown has made the attainment gap greater and a third (33%) of teachers also feel their schools are unprepared to act on attainment differences.

Enter The Lockdown Learning Awards 2020!

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Have you entered the 2020 Renaissance Awards yet? Read about what we’re looking for and how to enter in this poem!

Researching learning loss: our work with EPI and DfE

By Renaissance UK,

Read about how our research will bring together data and insight, with Star customer’s analysis survey results to learn more about the response to Covid-19.

To have or have not…?

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Non-Fiction Articles have become a popular additional resource to the Renaissance Solution in schools. There are 2,000 engaging non-fiction articles (labelled Accelerated Reader 360)* covering dozens of topics from history, science, technology and culture available from schools’ Renaissance Home Page.

Star shines a light on students moving from Year 6 to Year 7

By Frances Kingston, Project Specialist

The lack of KS2 SATs in 2020 has placed an even greater burden on secondary schools unable to support the transition of their new Year 7 intake from their feeder primaries. In this blog, Frances highlights ways you can use Star to fill in gaps in your data.

Around the World in AR Books

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

This summer’s travel plans might be a little different this year. Many of us are finding ourselves at home instead of on sandy beaches – but fear not! With the following books chosen by the Accelerated Reader Content team, you and your family can travel around the world, from the Caribbean to the Arctic…

Keep moving forward: part eight of an assessment plan for back-to-school 2020

This the eighth and final part of a new blog series in which we help you out with a back-to-school assessment plan so you can be ready for the autumn term 2020!

Measure student growth: part seven of an assessment plan for back-to-school 2020

This is part seven of a new blog series in which we help you out with a back-to-school assessment plan so you can be ready for the autumn term 2020!

Using Star data to measure the impact of lockdown on learning inequalities – a UK first

By Renaissance UK,

It’s not news to anyone that educational outcomes for many young people have suffered during lockdown, and it’s commonly held that given the unequal access to non-school learning during this period, educational inequality will rise significantly. But has this actually happened? And to what extent? Star data has been part of an important research project.

Check for mastery: part six of an assessment plan for back-to-school 2020

This is part six of a new blog series in which we help you out with a back-to-school assessment plan so you can be ready for the autumn term 2020!

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