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South East Success Stories

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“The partnership has been really hands-on”

Duke's Aldridge Academy, North London

Since relaunching Accelerated Reader with a Year 7 cohort, the programme has taken off successfully at Duke's Aldridge Academy (formerly Northumberland Park Community School). Students are increasingly engaged and staff are pleased with the support they have received from their Renaissance School Partnership programme manager.


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Update: Ofsted praises reading progress at rapidly improving academy in Lowestoft

East Point Academy, Suffolk

Under the RSP programme, Accelerated Reader has become more fully embedded in students' daily lives at East Point. The support from a dedicated programme manger has helped staff to focus on high-priority areas of their implementation, with the result that reading is part of school life and students are reading twice as much as they were before.


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Update: Students’ reading ages increase by eight months over a three-month period

Clacton Coastal Academy, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Reading has become a central part of the curriculum at Clacton Coastal Academy. With support from an RSP programme manager, the school has been using data from AR to guide students to success. One year later, the success of AR is continuing to go from strength to strength.


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AR, a well-resourced library and a range of motivators lead to upward trend in reading levels

Minster in Sheppey Primary School, Isle of Sheppey, Kent

Students were not making adequate progress with their reading skills at Minster in Sheppey Primary School. The school introduced Accelerated Reader to motivate students and monitor their progress. Supported by an increasingly busy library and a wide range of motivators, the programme has led to excellent growth in reading levels at Key Stage 1 and 2.


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Reading lays foundation for success in East London school

Sir William Burrough Primary School, East London

Head Teacher Avril Newman says that "to be able to read fluently and well is the most freeing thing we can offer any of the children." That's why Sir William Burrough focuses on personalising reading practice for each student and guiding them to make such impressive levels of progress.


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Reviewing maths skills with AM helping staff at Oasis Hadley to identify gaps in knowledge

Oasis Academy Hadley, North East London

After a gradual introduction, all Year 7 and 8 students at Oasis Academy Hadley use Accelerated Maths and MathsFacts in a Flash to consolidate their learning and work towards mastery of their maths skills. Staff have found AM a useful assessment for learning tool.


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Professional development key to reading growth at North East London academy

Oasis Academy Hadley, North East London

Ongoing professional development and specialised resources have contributed to improvements in reading engagement and attainment at Oasis Academy Hadley.


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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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A clear evidence trail at Everest

Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke

Accelerated Reader has been in use at Everest since 2007, but since joining the Renaissance School Partnership programme in 2012 the academy has seen increased improvements in attainment. The additional training and support provided by a dedicated programme manager has led to an increased focus on student data and more effective intervention, impressing inspectors.


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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.