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The 2015 What Kids Are Reading report was published last week. Several media outlets picked up on the report, with articles and commentary about its findings appearing in the national, local and education press.
Congratulations to Mary-Jane King of East Point Academy and Eileen Bolton of Northumberland Park Community School for becoming the first Model Project Managers of the 2014/15 academic year! They have received awards recognising their success in implementing the excellence standards for AR across their schools.
For the second year running, we are providing schools with fun ‘mini’ Accelerated Reader-style quizzes on this year’s £1 World Book Day books. In addition, full AR quizzes for each of these books will be available from Thursday 5th March 2015.
David Walliams, John Green, and Roderick Hunt win prizes at the inaugural What Kids Are Reading Awards at a ceremony on the Thames.
The 2015 What Kids Are Reading report finds that students in secondary school are under-challenged by what they read, although there is positive news from Wales and Northern Ireland.
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, Senior Programme 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.