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Ghoulish books for students this Halloween

By Krista Culbertson, Editor

It’s that time of year again – where we don our pointed witches’ hats for Halloween, and crack open the most thrilling and scary reads of the year! The Content department have chosen some of their favourite spooky reads for Halloween: the ones that made our skin crawl, made us laugh, or maybe even made […]

Black History Month

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

To mark Black History month this October, we asked our quiz writers to pick a significant book they particularly enjoyed reading and quizzing. Read on to find out what they chose!   “Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.’ And thus begins the story of the fun and curious Anna Hibiscus. Young Anna lives with […]

Does stress-free assessment for students exist?

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Year after year, news stories hit the headlines about how testing, especially SATs, are negatively affecting young children and their mental health. The stress that SATs cause children has been criticised but, is there a way we can better prepare children for their paper-based tests that doesn’t make them feel like they are constantly being […]

Autumn Reads

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

The evenings are starting to draw in, the leaves are getting crunchier and conkers are falling from the trees. Autumn is nearly upon us! Whether you’re a librarian looking for some inspiration for a leafy book display, or just want to get into the spirit with some seasonal books, look no further than the quiz […]

Back to School!

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

Welcome back!  We here at Renaissance hope you’ve all had a restful summer and are ready for the Autumn term ahead. This summer in the Content team we’ve been busy writing lots of quizzes, as ever! You can read about some of our quiz writers’ summer highlights here. If you haven’t already heard, we’ve moved. […]

Summer Reading

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

We hope you are enjoying the break so far and getting through some of those books you’ve put aside for a sunny day! Here are some books we in the Content team have enjoyed reading and quizzing over the past few weeks. We hope you and your students will enjoy these next term. Look out […]

Guest Blog #3: Accelerated Reader…Reach for the Stars!

By Joe Neale, English Subject Leader

As the summer term draws to a close, Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary School, joins us for his final guest blog of this school year. Reflecting back on his journey to get more out of Accelerated Reader by leveraging the assessment power of Star, Joe shares his highlights from the last […]

Celebrating millionaire milestones at Felsted Preparatory School

Felsted Preparatory school share the ways they incentivise and reward their growing numbers of millionaire readers.

Adding value to data with Norm Referenced Standardised Scores

By Richard Hubbard, Curriculum and Product Advisor

The true value of your data is revealed when you are able to relate the scores of your students to appropriate comparison groups. Mean scores from different schools can vary widely, but the comparison of your individual scores to a similar national sample will give you a way to judge the relative strength of your students.

How to: Become a Super AR User with Star Data

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Over the past few weeks, Renaissance has been hosting a series of half-day workshops which are designed to help Accelerated Reader schools get more out of the programme using Star Reading data… the most recent of these was at Cardiff High School where I went along to speak to both primary and secondary teachers as well as librarians, to learn more about how these sessions will make a positive impact back in school…

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