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Accelerated Reader Success Stories

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Students motivated to read independently at Worcestershire school

Baxter Business and Enterprise College, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Students at Baxter College are motivated to read and are reading more independently since using Accelerated Reader. The wealth of data available through AR is helping staff to encourage students with their reading and to motivate them to make further success.


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Students gaining in confidence and benefiting from intervention informed by AR at academy in Cumbria

West Lakes Academy, Cumbria

Students are gaining in confidence with reading at West Lakes Academy because they know that they can access the books they are reading. Targeted intervention programmes, informed by data from AR, are helping students to make rapid progress in their reading levels.


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“Books are flying off the shelves” at North Yorkshire grammar school

Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Students are reading more books and a wider variety of literature at Harrogate Grammar School. As a result, their comprehension and understanding of texts is improving all the time.


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AR “a positive way to promote reading for pleasure” at Tyne and Wear secondary

Thorp Academy, Tyne and Wear

Accelerated Reader has improved engagement with reading and given staff the means they need to intervene and support those who are struggling. A positive reading culture has developed, and students are becoming increasingly independent with their reading.


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“Positive impact” for AR at Co. Londonderry primary school

Ballykelly Primary School, Northern Ireland

Accelerated Reader was introduced as part of a new literacy strategy in the 2012/13 academic year. Standards have improved since, and students are increasingly enthusiastic about reading.


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Pupil Premium funding key to success of AR in Hampshire school

The Mountbatten School, Hampshire

Approximately 50 students in Year 7 are targeted for intervention with Accelerated Reader at the Mountbatten School. The school uses part of its Pupil Premium budget to run the programme, with eligible students seeing their reading ages improve by 6.2 months in one term. Students are gaining in confidence and attitudes towards reading have been transformed.


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“Quiz buzz” at South London boys school

Harris Academy Beckenham, South London

Reading practice quizzes have made all the difference at Harris Academy Beckenham. Library circulation has increased and students are visiting the library. There is a "quiz buzz" before and after school and during breaks.


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Improved literacy skills having a school-wide impact at Darlington school

Darlington School of Mathematics and Science, Co. Durham

A large number of students joining Darlington School of Mathematics and Science have reading ages well below their chronological ages. Accelerated Reader motivates them to practise reading, with the result that their reading levels have improved and they are more able to access the curriculum.


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AR creates “new excitement for reading” at international school

British Embassy School Ankara, Turkey

Students at the British Embassy School Ankara are reading appropriately challenging books thanks to Accelerated Reader. There is an excitement for reading as students are motivated to read for pleasure, evidenced by a large increase in the number of students visiting the library.


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Reading has become part of everyday life at Kent secondary school

The Malling School, Kent

Students are reading for pleasure at the Malling School. Reading has been made part of the timetable, and students are using the library at all times of the day. A culture of reading has spread across the school, and reading levels are rising as a result.