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Renaissance Learning MD interviewed in Peirene Press newspaper

The latest edition of the Peirene Press newspaper carries an interview with Dirk Foch, our Managing Director. The newspaper is an annual publication from Peirene Press featuring commentary on European literature and translation.

Developing high-quality reading practice quizzes for Accelerated Reader

By Cecelia Powell, Managing Editor

Accelerated Reader quizzes are fun, and students are motivated by seeing their success. But what makes a good quiz and how do we go about producing them?

Renaissance Learning takes delivery of two BookBenches

We are very pleased to have taken delivery of two BookBenches. Part of the Books about Town initiative, the benches had previously been on display in Central London locations at St Paul’s Cathedral and Greenwich Park. The National Literacy Trust (NLT) collaborated with Wild in Art to place 50 book-themed benches around London over the […]

New assessment criteria: What is Ofsted looking for?

By Richard Hubbard, Curriculum and Product Advisor

In his speech on the 15th January 2014, Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI gave this insight for schools: Inspectors will … want to see how well schools are responding to changes to the national curriculum from September [2014]. Every headteacher should be asking themselves the sort of questions that we will be asking when we inspect […]

The Mountbatten School’s AR succsess features in QA Education magazine

With the help of Pupil Premium funding, The Mountbatten School has implemented Accelerated Reader. Its success has been published in QA Education magazine.

New assessment criteria: What are the DfE’s expectations?

By Richard Hubbard, Curriculum and Product Advisor

The removal of ‘levels’ from the curriculum should allow teachers greater flexibility in the way that they plan and assess pupils’ learning. The programmes of study within the new national curriculum set out expectations for the end of each key stage, and all maintained schools will be free to develop a curriculum relevant to their […]

New assessment criteria: Why are the requirements changing?

By Richard Hubbard, Curriculum and Product Advisor

The new national curriculum in England became statutory in September 2014. Few will be unaware at this stage that all existing national curriculum level descriptors have been removed and will not be replaced. They were seen to be too broad to be of real use to teachers and did not provide an accurate description of […]

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 […]

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 […]


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