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Accelerated Reader has been found to increase the reading age of pupils by 3 additional months in just 22 weeks, according to the results of a randomised controlled trial published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). Students eligible for Free School Meals were particularly helped by the programme, making AR a very cost-effective use of Pupil Premium allocation.
Softlink Europe has launched their first UK School library survey. The survey will be distributed to school librarians across the UK and is supported by a number of industry leaders including the School Library Association (SLA), CRB Cunninghams, BDS and JCS as well as Renaissance Learning.
By Lauren Shapiro, Special Projects Team Manager
There is no single secret to creating a reading culture, but with a healthy combination of inspiration and dedication you can make it a reality in your school. Our Senior Programme Manager, Lauren Shapiro, shares some tips for successfully developing and embedding a reading culture.
Representatives from Renaissance Learning were at the BETT Show 2015 last week. BETT is the largest exhibition of technology in education, attracting over 35,000 visitors over the four days at ExCeL London. In addition to an exhibition stand, a programme of professional development training sessions took place in a dedicated Gallery Suite room.
Renaissance Learning will be exhibiting at the BETT Show, which runs from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th January 2015. In addition to our exhibition stand, we will be hosting a programme of free training and professional development sessions, each lasting around 30 minutes, in our dedicated Gallery Suite seminar room.
For the second year running, students will be able to take mini AR-style quizzes on the World Book Day £1 books. In addition, two of the authors will be featured each week in a series of ‘quizzing weeks,’ leading up to World Book Day itself, giving students the chance to take quizzes on up to three popular books by each of the featured authors.
The latest edition of CILIP Update, the magazine for members of the professional body for librarians, carries an in-depth article about the reading initiatives at The Boulevard Academy in Hull. The principal, Andy Grace, has structured the curriculum firmly around literacy and numeracy, using Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths.
Students at Hazlegrove met their ambitious 150,000,000 word target with Accelerated Reader, having read 4,072 books between them in the Autumn term. Over 50 students read over a million words each during the course of the term.
By Cecelia Powell, Managing Editor
Accelerated Reader is used by boys and girls from Year 1 to Year 13. With such a range of students, and with so many different tastes to appeal to, how do we ensure that we produce quizzes on books that interest every reader?
A partnership of schools in Surrey has conducted a study into the development of effective reading schemes, finding that effective pedagogy is key to the successful implementation of Accelerated Reader.