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The “major impact” of Accelerated Maths at Belfast primary school

Christ the Redeemer Primary School, Lagmore

Christ the Redeemer Primary School in Lagmore, West Belfast, introduced Accelerated Maths back in 2012 after the success of Accelerated Reader. In this longer read, the maths department at the school shares the school’s experience with Accelerated Maths and what they plan on doing with it in the future.


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“It has worked for us.”

Milton Hall Primary School, Westcliff-on-Sea

The Head of Literacy at Milton Hall Primary School shares the school's secrets to fast, effective reading improvement.


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From Special Measures to Good, supported by Accelerated Reader

Coupals Primary Academy, Haverhill

Previously, Coupals Primary Academy was in Special Measures and students were below the national average for KS2 SATs. But with the support of Renaissance Accelerated Reader™, it is now rated 'Good' by Ofsted and their pupils have been achieving above national average results at the end of KS2 SATs for the past three years.


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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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Establishing a school-wide reading ethos

Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Mountain Ash Comprehensive School is a Secondary school with over 800 pupils on roll, based in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales. Lauren Mackie, Assistant Head, and Karen Siminov, Literacy Coach, describe how the school’s reading culture has changed since September 2016.


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Improving GCSE results by focusing on literacy

Pendle Vale College, Nelson, Lancashire

Pendle Vale College first introduced Accelerated Reader in 2011. In 2016 the first group to use it completed their GCSEs, and achieved the school's strongest ever results! Anita Vine, Librarian, describes the impact implementation has had on reading attitudes and achievement.


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Boosting reading enthusiasm in East Lothian

Loretto RC Primary School, Musselburgh, East Lothian

After recognition as the top performing primary school in Scotland at the 2016 Renaissance Awards, Kate O Regan, Principal Teacher, shares why Loretto RC Primary's Accelerated Reader implementation has been so successful.


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Improving the transparency of reading at Ormiston Primary School

Ormiston Primary School, Tranent, East Lothian

Having implemented Accelerated Reader Helen Gardyne, Head Teacher, believes it has had a dramatic impact on reading engagement and comprehension.


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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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Moving AR success up a gear at Woodside

Woodside High School, North East London

Accelerated Reader had been running well at Woodside High, and the school was enjoying success with the programme. The team knew they could get more from the programme, however. Since joining the Renaissance School Partnership programme, results have continued to improve as students have become more engaged with reading.