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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Accelerated Reader Success Stories

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From Special Measures to Good, supported by Accelerated Reader

Coupals Primary Academy, Haverhill

Previously, Coupals Primary Academy was in Special Measures and students were below the national average for KS2 SATs. But with the support of Renaissance Accelerated Reader™, it is now rated 'Good' by Ofsted and their pupils have been achieving above national average results at the end of KS2 SATs for the past three years.


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How Star helped us become a full primary school

Southtown Primary School, Great Yarmouth

Southtown Primary School in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, has around 220 pupils from Reception through to Year 6. Solely an infant school in previous years, they got their first intake of KS2 students in 2014. Here, Susan Miles, Deputy Headteacher, shares how the school uses Renaissance Star Assessments™ and how it helped them transition into a full primary school.


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To be among the top five schools in the country is incredible, and my vision now is to become a beacon to schools in other areas of high deprivation…

Ward Jackson CE Primary School, Hartlepool

Like many schools located in areas with high levels of social deprivation, Ward Jackson CE Primary School in Hartlepool has long been regarded as something of a 'problem child' - facing mutiple challenges with staff turnover, poor pupil performance, high levels of mobility and a 'requires improvement' rating from Ofsted. However, unlike many schools of this type, however, 100% of Year 6 pupils at Ward Jackson achieved expected outcomes in their most recent SATs results and is now ranked among the top five schools in the country for progress in reading...


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Measuring progress: 14 months of reading progress in 10 months!

The Raglan Schools, Enfield

The Raglan Schools is a federation of Raglan Infant and Junior Schools, having approximately 930 children and 120 staff. They have been using Star Reading for five years and recently reported 14 months of reading progress in only 10 months! Head Teacher Martin Kelsey shares his story of discovering and implementing Star Reading Assessments in his school.


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How we raised literacy levels in our Year 7 and 8 students

by Nadia Ward and Debbie Kennedy, Wilmington Academy, Dartford

Wilmington Academy is a mixed, non-selective secondary academy and part of the Leigh Academies Trust, with a much higher ratio of boys to girls (65% vs. 35%). Nadia Ward (Assistant Principal & Director of Literacy) and Debbie Kennedy (Academy Librarian) share their story on how they raised literacy levels in their school.



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Assessment made easy at Manor Leas Junior Academy

by Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher

Manor Leas Junior Academy is a large Junior (KS2 only) school in Lincoln, aiming to provide pupils with an innovative curriculum to engage them in their learning. They recently became a Master School - an award celebrating best-practices in reading engagement. Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher at the school, shares her experience of tracking and monitoring pupil progress over the years.


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Part 2: My journey with Star as an Accelerated Reader School

River Beach Primary School, Littlehampton, West Sussex, England

River Beach Primary School is based in West Sussex and has approximately 720 pupils on roll and caters for children from nursery through to Year 6. Their motto is "Every Child, Every Chance, and Every Day". Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary, takes us through the school's journey of monitoring progress and growth with Accelerated Reader and Star Assessments.


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Ingraining reading at a Further Education College

Warrington & Vale Royal College, Warrington, Cheshire

Warrington & Vale Royal College provides a variety of courses for school leavers up to adults. The college is in its third year of using Accelerated Reader with students aged 16-18 across a variety of vocational areas. Bethan Bligh, Learning Resource Centre Manager, outlines the importance of reading in Further Education.


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“A natural way to improve English”

Elan English Learning Centres, China

Students from Elan English Learning Centres in China are enjoying the professional learning program from the school, boosted by Renaissance. Having implemented Accelerated Reader in 2013, they have found improved literacy standards, with the wider benefits this entails on vocabulary, grammar etc.