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Intervention Success Stories

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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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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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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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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.


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Focused support where it was most needed at Essex academy

New Rickstones Academy, Essex

The Renaissance School Partnership programme gave New Rickstones Academy focused support in the areas where it was most needed. The result was a growing culture of reading and purposeful use of data to improve teaching and learning.


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Students embracing the power of reading in North London comprehensive

Friern Barnet School, North London

Many students joining Friern Barnet School have low reading ages and struggle to access the curriculum. Accelerated Reader has motivated them to read and helped to unlock their potential for learning across the school.


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Library busy all day in North Yorks school

King James's School, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Librarian Lisa Bryden had used Accelerated Reader at a previous school and knew that she wanted to implement the programme at her new school. Her past experience with AR has been repeated, with books flying off the shelves of the library and students gaining in confidence.


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Students becoming better writers and readers in transition mini-school

Dover Christ Church Academy, Kent

Students in the APLUS mini-school at Dover Christ Church Academy receive additional support during the transition from primary to secondary education. Attitudes towards reading have been transformed since Accelerated Reader was introduced.


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AR and DEAR time work together to create reading culture at West Sussex secondary school

The Angmering School, West Sussex

Dedicated reading time coupled with Accelerated Reader has made all the difference at The Angmering School. Now students are reading like never before and staff are able to support them and intervene effectively to guide their progress.