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Progress monitoring Success Stories

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‘A tremendous success’: AR leads to increased enjoyment of reading and a strong reading culture at Northern Ireland primary school

St. Peter's Primary School, Collegeland, N. Ireland

St. Peter's Primary has been using AR since June 2014. Principal Jim McAlinden observes a thriving Reading Culture as a result.


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“RSP has supported us in achieving aspirational goals”

Heartlands High School, North London

As part of a whole-school literacy strategy, Heartlands High School has used the dedicated programme management of the RSP programme to support the successful implementation of Accelerated Reader. By breaking down the data into concise reports, RSP has allowed the school to focus clearly on student outcomes.


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“The partnership has been really hands-on”

Duke's Aldridge Academy, North London

Since relaunching Accelerated Reader with a Year 7 cohort, the programme has taken off successfully at Duke's Aldridge Academy (formerly Northumberland Park Community School). Students are increasingly engaged and staff are pleased with the support they have received from their Renaissance School Partnership programme manager.


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Partnership programme “transformational” to reading culture and student progress at Merseyside academy

The Oldershaw Academy, Wallasey, Merseyside

The Oldershaw Academy has used the Renaissance School Partnership to support the successful implementation of Accelerated Reader from Years 7 to 11. The whole-school strategy is aimed towards achieving a high impact across the academy, involving all students and staff.


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Update: Ofsted praises reading progress at rapidly improving academy in Lowestoft

East Point Academy, Suffolk

Under the RSP programme, Accelerated Reader has become more fully embedded in students' daily lives at East Point. The support from a dedicated programme manger has helped staff to focus on high-priority areas of their implementation, with the result that reading is part of school life and students are reading twice as much as they were before.


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Update: Students’ reading ages increase by eight months over a three-month period

Clacton Coastal Academy, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Reading has become a central part of the curriculum at Clacton Coastal Academy. With support from an RSP programme manager, the school has been using data from AR to guide students to success. One year later, the success of AR is continuing to go from strength to strength.


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Reading success at Academy in Trafford ‘confounds’ idea that boys don’t like reading

Wellacre Academy , Flixton, Trafford

Staff at an academy near Manchester credit the Renaissance School Partnership as "genuinely transformational" in embedding a reading culture and implementing Accelerated Reader successfully across the school. The training and support of the RSP programme have provided forward momentum that has helped staff and students to engage increasingly with AR.


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AR, a well-resourced library and a range of motivators lead to upward trend in reading levels

Minster in Sheppey Primary School, Isle of Sheppey, Kent

Students were not making adequate progress with their reading skills at Minster in Sheppey Primary School. The school introduced Accelerated Reader to motivate students and monitor their progress. Supported by an increasingly busy library and a wide range of motivators, the programme has led to excellent growth in reading levels at Key Stage 1 and 2.


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Reading lays foundation for success in East London school

Sir William Burrough Primary School, East London

Head Teacher Avril Newman says that "to be able to read fluently and well is the most freeing thing we can offer any of the children." That's why Sir William Burrough focuses on personalising reading practice for each student and guiding them to make such impressive levels of progress.


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Students gaining in confidence and benefiting from intervention informed by AR at academy in Cumbria

West Lakes Academy, Cumbria

Students are gaining in confidence with reading at West Lakes Academy because they know that they can access the books they are reading. Targeted intervention programmes, informed by data from AR, are helping students to make rapid progress in their reading levels.