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Progress Monitoring 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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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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How we raised literacy levels in our Year 7 and 8 students

by Nadia Ward and Debbie Kennedy, Wilmington Academy, Dartford

Wilmington Academy is a mixed, non-selective secondary academy and part of the Leigh Academies Trust, with a much higher ratio of boys to girls (65% vs. 35%). Nadia Ward (Assistant Principal & Director of Literacy) and Debbie Kennedy (Academy Librarian) share their story on how they raised literacy levels in their school.



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Assessment made easy at Manor Leas Junior Academy

by Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher

Manor Leas Junior Academy is a large Junior (KS2 only) school in Lincoln, aiming to provide pupils with an innovative curriculum to engage them in their learning. They recently became a Master School - an award celebrating best-practices in reading engagement. Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher at the school, shares her experience of tracking and monitoring pupil progress over the years.


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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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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.


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Star – An accurate predictor of pupil performance

Herne Bay Junior School, Kent

Acting Deputy Head, Chris Thomas, shares the journey that they’ve been on for the last 18 months – and explains how data is proving to be a valuable tool in helping to find the story behind every child…


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Realising a reading vision in under a year

East Ravendale CE Primary School, Grimsby, South Humberside

Last year, East Ravendale needed to bring on a new reading approach. With the help of Accelerated Reader, the school brought about rapid reading progress.


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