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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Primary Success Stories

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Star helped our transition to becoming 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!

by Head Teacher Martin Kesley at The Raglan Schools, Enfield EN1 2NS

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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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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“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.


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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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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.