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All I Want for Christmas is a Happy Reader

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

As the term draws to a close, many of us are struggling to keep the children focused as festive fun and the promise of presents create a major distraction and barrier to learning. Now, as teachers we know that embracing the holiday spirit and bringing this into lesson themes is an excellent way to engage the children; especially at a time when all they really want to think about is whether they have made it on to Santa’s ‘good’ list and what gifts might be waiting for them on Christmas morning… But when it comes to their reading development, how can we help ensure that they continue to make progress during the busy Christmas holidays?

This little piggy…

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

In my experience, somewhere between guided and whole class reading probably best balances good practice and practicality… and in this post, I will share a few pointers that I have found particularly useful over the years…

Guest post from Alison Rogers, responding to the Commission on Assessment without Levels’ report

By Alison Rogers, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors

The Department for Education’s recently-published report following its Commission on Assessment without Levels places the emphasis on schools determining what type of assessment system will work for them. This should be seen as a good thing. The brave new world of teacher-designed assessment is an opportunity for classroom teachers to exercise their professionalism as we would expect them to, unencumbered by central diktat and control, using assessment processes that are tailored to the needs of their pupils.

Why ‘life without levels’ can inspire a love for reading

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Having recently visited schools around the country in my new role here at Renaissance Learning, I’ve learned many things… but one of the most hotly debated topics (not surprisingly) is the new Primary curriculum, and more specifically – Assessment without Levels.

What do we mean when we talk about assessment?

By Dirk Foch, Managing Director

Over two years have passed since Levels were removed from the National Curriculum. The Commission on Assessment without Levels recently published their recommendations, and placed a great deal of emphasis on the importance of in-school formative and summative assessment. But what do we mean when we talk about assessment?

14 million quizzes, 3 million assessments, and counting!

As schools in England and Wales begin to join those in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland on their summer holidays, it’s a good opportunity to look back on the past year at Renaissance Learning.

Renaissance News – Summer 2015

By Dirk Foch, Managing Director

Customers in England will be receiving the Summer 2015 edition of Renaissance News this week. Those in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland will have theirs in time for the start of the new school year.

‘Out of Norm’ comic strip competition winner announced

Congratulations to Giselle Pinot at Bablake School, who has beaten off stiff competition to win the ‘Out of Norm’ comic strip challenge.

Record broken in Quizzing for Nepal fundraiser

Students in 2,746 schools across the UK and Ireland took Accelerated Reader quizzes on Friday 1st May as part of the Quizzing for Nepal fundraiser. Between them, they took 96,993 AR quizzes – a record number of quizzes taken in a single day.

Quizzing for Nepal – Friday 1st May

Help us to raise £1,000 for the Nepal earthquake relief fund and you could win £1,000 worth of books for your school!

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