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Accelerated Reader Success Stories

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The first Accelerated Reader school in Ireland

Scoil Chríost Rí, Ennis, County Clare

Scoil Chríost Rí is one of over 60 schools in County Clare using Accelerated Reader, but was one of the first in Ireland to implement the programme, in 2011. Principal Gearóid Roughan describes the school’s reading approach and experiences with the programme.


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Establishing a school-wide reading ethos

Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Mountain Ash Comprehensive School is a Secondary school with over 800 pupils on roll, based in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales. Lauren Mackie, Assistant Head, and Karen Siminov, Literacy Coach, describe how the school’s reading culture has changed since September 2016.


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Giving children confidence with SATs preparation

Florence Melly Community Primary School, Liverpool

Florence Melly is a mixed primary school, based in Liverpool, with over 400 pupils on roll. Head Teacher, Ken Heaton and Year 6 Teacher, Nikki Bear, discuss the school’s approach to reading following their implementation of Accelerated Reader in September 2016.


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Part 1: Going beyond AR with Star

River Beach Primary, Littlehampton, West Sussex, England

Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary School talks about how Accelerated Reader has made a real impact on pupil progression in his school, and also shares the start of his journey on delving deeper into Star Reading and key findings he is making along the way.


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My teachers have more information than ever on learning and progress, and a lower workload

Battle & Langton CE Primary School, Battle, England

Gary Alexander, Deputy Head Teacher at Battle & Langton Primary, takes us through his journey of assessment without levels. He speaks about how Star was trialled with Year 3 and Year 5 pupils in his school and how they journeyed on to predicting their pupils SATs results with Star Assessments.


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Star – An accurate predictor of pupil performance

Herne Bay Junior School, Kent

Acting Deputy Head, Chris Thomas, shares the journey that they’ve been on for the last 18 months – and explains how data is proving to be a valuable tool in helping to find the story behind every child…


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“I don’t think there’s ever been such an active approach to reading at school”

Lower Fields Primary School, Bradford, West Yorkshire

After introducing Accelerated Reader to KS3, Lower Fields Primary School brought about multiple changes to their childrens' reading habits and attitudes.


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Realising a reading vision in under a year

East Ravendale CE Primary School, Grimsby, South Humberside

Last year, East Ravendale needed to bring on a new reading approach. With the help of Accelerated Reader, the school brought about rapid reading progress.


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Engendering a whole-school reading approach within one term

Hayle Academy, Hayle, Cornwall

In their first term of Accelerated Reader implementation, Hayle Academy have revolutionised their reading approach across the curriculum.


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Improving GCSE results by focusing on literacy

Pendle Vale College, Nelson, Lancashire

Pendle Vale College first introduced Accelerated Reader in 2011. In 2016 the first group to use it completed their GCSEs, and achieved the school's strongest ever results! Anita Vine, Librarian, describes the impact implementation has had on reading attitudes and achievement.