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LGBT History Month

By Alex Halcoussis, Editorial Assistant

This February marks LGBT History Month. 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 issues.

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

If you’re connected to the world of British education in any way, you’ll have heard about the new Ofsted framework, which was released in a first-draft form on in January 2019, left open for consultation until April 2019, and released in its final form in May 2019. In this blog post, our in-house education expert Margaret Allen shares how Renaissance solutions can help you get ready for September…

School Library Pack 2019

By Alex Halcoussis, Editorial Assistant

BookTrust’s free School Library Pack, funded partly by Arts Council England, contains forty books – and 39 of them have AR quizzes! This blog tells you more about the School Library Pack and our take on the books inside.

Season’s Readings!

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

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, Assistant Editor

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, 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 […]

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