Renaissance Blog - Page 8

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 […]

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 […]

EEF report finds early, ongoing intervention key to reading progress

Only 1 in 10 students who arrive at secondary school without at least a Level 4 in reading will go on to achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Maths). Catch-up strategies for reading are essential to students’ success across the curriculum, but research findings suggest that most interventions are not having the […]

Education Minister cites new STAR Assessments in speech about improving teaching

In a speech to Reform on new freedoms for teachers over materials, assessment and professional development, Education Minister Elizabeth Truss cites two schools currently trialling new STAR Assessments. The minsiter quoted a speech by Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw at the North of England Education Conference to set the scene: [We] expect every school to […]

Google Capital invests in Renaissance Learning

One of the largest investments in education over the last year highlights the importance of using precise data to boost student achievement. Renaissance Learning, an assessment and learning analytics company with a presence in thousands of schools worldwide, announced a minority investment from Google Capital at a company valuation of $1 billion. Google Capital was […]


Monthly newsletter


Social