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Accelerated Reader Success Stories

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Twenty months’ reading age growth in just ten months at West Midlands primary school

St. John's CE Primary School, Walsall, West Midlands

With the help of Renaissance Accelerated Reader, St. John's CE Primary School in Walsall have seen a boost in reading motivation, and improvement in children's capacity to read independently and select books appropriate for their age and ability.


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Engaging reluctant readers and encouraging reading for pleasure

The Michaelston and Glyn Derw High School Federation, Cardiff

Before federating with Michaelston Community College in 2015, Glyn Derw High School implemented Renaissance Accelerated Reader™in 2014 with years 7, 8 and 9, having seen another school in Cardiff achieve impressive results with the programme. The school was recognised as one of the highest achieving schools using Accelerated Reader™ at the 2016 Renaissance Awards: Maria Dell, Librarian, describes the impact on reading in school that the programme has brought about.


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‘Children are more likely to become lifelong readers now’, two months after implementing Renaissance Accelerated Reader

White Rose Primary School, New Tredegar, Gwent

Having brought on Accelerated Reader as part of the Caerphilly Reading Project, White Rose Primary have seen immediate improvements in reading engagement, particularly among boys.


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‘Renaissance Accelerated Reader is the most motivational reading programme I have seen in almost 30 years of teaching’

St Joseph's Primary School, County Armagh

St Joseph's Primary School, based in Armagh, have witnessed extraordinary progress and unprecedented engagement with reading. Paud Loughran, Principal, outlines how the programme has complimented the school's outlook on reading, and shares how the school motivates their children to read.


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Improved reading across the ability spectrum at Kent Primary School

Cliftonville Primary School, Margate, Kent

Cliftonville Primary School, based in Kent, have found Accelerated Reader a useful tool in guiding and monitoring independent reading. As well as Years 3-6, the school also implements the programme with select students from Years 1 & 2


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Impacting Whole School Literacy at Cardiff High School

Cardiff High School, Cardiff, South Glamorgan

Cardiff High School, which was found to be the top performing secondary school in Wales in 2016, has seen Accelerated Reader have a dramatic impact on literacy across the school.


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Improving the transparency of reading at Ormiston Primary School

Ormiston Primary School, Tranent, East Lothian

Having implemented Accelerated Reader Helen Gardyne, Head Teacher, believes it has had a dramatic impact on reading engagement and comprehension.


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“Developing mature and sophisticated readers” at Swansea Primary School

St. Illtyd's Primary School, Swansea, West Glamorgan

After introducing Renaissance Accelerated Reader, children at St. Illtyd's Primary School are more motivated to read than ever.


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Improved reading across all year groups at Surrey independent school

Cranleigh Preparatory School, Cranleigh, Surrey

Using Renaissance Accelerated Reader since September 2015, Cranleigh Preparatory School has seen a large impact on reading across the ability spectrum.


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‘Hitting the reading for pleasure button’ at Mill Chase Academy

Mill Chase Academy, Bordon, Hampshire

Mill Chase Academy is a secondary school in Hampshire in its fourth year of using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading. Dominic Carney, the school's library practitioner, believes the programmes have enabled the school to closely track reading age and progress, while empowering the library.