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In Memoriam: Terry Paul

We were profoundly saddened to learn that Terry Paul, Renaissance Learning’s co-founder and friend, lost his fierce battle with cancer. He passed away on Friday 5th September, at home surrounded by his family. Terry was a visionary and tireless leader who believed deeply in the promise of the future through education. His goal was to […]

As seen on TV… AR & STAR gets results at “Last Chance Academy”

Last week a BBC Panorama special told the story of one school’s groundbreaking battle to save problem pupils from the scrap heap and bring exam success. Baverstock Academy is opposed to permanently excluding disruptive kids and will go to almost any lengths to keep them in mainstream education. The programme follows the students in the […]

Parliamentary group calls libraries “beating heart of the school”

Data should be collected on the extent of provision of school libraries, according to the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group. In a report published this week, titled The Beating Heart of the School, the group examines the importance of school libraries and sets forward recommendations to ensure that they are given due recognition in national […]

EEF report finds early, ongoing intervention key to reading progress

Only 1 in 10 students who arrive at secondary school without at least a Level 4 in reading will go on to achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Maths). Catch-up strategies for reading are essential to students’ success across the curriculum, but research findings suggest that most interventions are not having the […]

Education Minister cites new STAR Assessments in speech about improving teaching

In a speech to Reform on new freedoms for teachers over materials, assessment and professional development, Education Minister Elizabeth Truss cites two schools currently trialling new STAR Assessments. The minister quoted a speech by Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw at the North of England Education Conference to set the scene: [We] expect every school to […]

Google Capital invests in Renaissance Learning

One of the largest investments in education over the last year highlights the importance of using precise data to boost student achievement. Renaissance Learning, an assessment and learning analytics company with a presence in thousands of schools worldwide, announced a minority investment from Google Capital at a company valuation of $1 billion. Google Capital was […]

Accelerated Reader user given Literacy Hero accolade at Clarence House

When Learning Resources Manager Julie Carss heard that the National Literacy Trust was searching for Literacy Heroes, she knew that nobody deserved the award more than one of her students, Lisa Li. Lisa’s passion for reading and positive attitude towards learning meant that she had made over four years’ progress in reading within a single […]

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