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Academy Success Stories

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Reading success at Academy in Trafford ‘confounds’ idea that boys don’t like reading

Wellacre Academy , Flixton, Trafford

Staff at an academy near Manchester credit the Renaissance School Partnership as "genuinely transformational" in embedding a reading culture and implementing Accelerated Reader successfully across the school. The training and support of the RSP programme have provided forward momentum that has helped staff and students to engage increasingly with AR.


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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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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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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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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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“RSP has changed the way we run AR”

Gillbrook Academy, Redcar & Cleveland

Everybody reads at Gillbrook Academy, from Year 7 to Year 11. Reading is at the heart of the school, and is routine for students and tutors. The support and resources provided by the academy's RSP programme manager have contributed to a developing reading culture and increased attainment.


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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.