Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Independent Reading Success Stories

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Using Focus Skills to ensure understanding and mastery

Ellis Guilford Comprehensive School, Nottingham

I want to make use of the data more for teachers and I’m hoping, in time, our teachers will have a better grasp of Accelerated Reader and Star Reading. I think the Star Reading programme will be invaluable for our teachers because once you know whether pupils are growing or not, you can now group them and use the instructional planning report to see what individual skills each pupil has mastered and what they are yet to master, still. Therefore, if teachers begin to regularly work with their individual groups more often then they will be able to offer more appropriate intervention, subsequently allowing them to share this vital data with other teachers.


A solid support system from Renaissance

Reachout and Jonan High School, Japan

I introduced myON and Star Assessment at Reachout and Jonan High School, and both schools are doing very well. I incorporate myON news into regular lessons that are not extensive reading. Project function is great, and we make heavy use of it.


After our school closed, the learning didn’t have to stop, thanks to myON by Renaissance

Miwada Gakuen, Tokyo, Japan

I found myON from Renaissance when I was looking for a digital book to improve students reading and listening as EFL learners. The sales representative was very helpful, and we were offered a trial period free of charge during remote learning due to pandemic.



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The north east multi-academy trust with a new-look assessment strategy

Wise Academies, North East

We spoke to Natalie Fountain, Executive Head and Regional Hub Leader (Sunderland) who has been in her role at Wise Academies for almost two years about how the trust use Accelerated Reader.


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The Trust with the new Reading and Assessment Strategy

Chiltern Learning Trust, Bedfordshire

Seven schools across the Chiltern Learning Trust use Renaissance solutions. We spoke to Nicola Hickton, Associate Assistant Head and Director of Standards for English in the trust, and Klaudia Jablonska, Literacy Lead at Putteridge High School. They shared their experiences and how Accelerated Reader and Star Reading are used both within the school and across the trust as a whole.


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Making gains across the whole curriculum

Hans Price Academy, Weston-super-Mare

Hans Price Academy in Weston-super-Mare has around 950 pupils and has been using Accelerated Reader for four years. We spoke to their librarian about the changes it has made across the school.


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The Merseyside primary school with the complete literacy solution

Prescot Primary School, Merseyside

Prescot Primary School can be found in Knowsley, Merseyside, the second-poorest local authority in the country. Their percentage of EAL students is very low at only 5.7%, but they were still seeing low reading scores in their students.Since implementing Accelerated Reader in 2016, and later adding myON, they've been doing some awesome things. We spoke to Steve George, the headteacher, as well as Dawn Molloy, the school librarian, to find out what it is about the Renaissance literacy solution that works so well.


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“With Accelerated Reader, we couldn’t want for more.”

Christ Church Church of England Primary School, Chesterfield

In June 2019, Christ Church CofE Primary School received a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection report, with specific acknowledgement of the school’s effective reading strategy. The school’s reading progress score has also been consistently increasing since 2017. We spoke to the school’s headteacher, Sue Beckett, about how Accelerated Reader played its part.


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“Ahead of expectations or well above them” – what Accelerated Reader did for Charlotte House

Charlotte House Preparatory School, Rickmansworth

Charlotte House Prep School is an independent all-girls’ Nursery and Prep School in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, for girls aged 3-11. They’ve been using Accelerated Reader since 2018. Here, Caroline Guise, the school’s Head of English and SENCo, tells us the difference it’s made to their school.