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Reading culture Success Stories

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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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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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AR “a positive way to promote reading for pleasure” at Tyne and Wear secondary

Thorp Academy, Tyne and Wear

Accelerated Reader has improved engagement with reading and given staff the means they need to intervene and support those who are struggling. A positive reading culture has developed, and students are becoming increasingly independent with their reading.


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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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Profile of reading raised at Milton Keynes academy

Sir Herbert Leon Academy, Milton Keynes

Students at an academy near Milton Keynes are more motivated to read now that they are making educated choices about their books. Borrowing figures from the library have increased, and reading has become an integral part of school life.


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Ofsted inspectors “hugely impressed with AR”

All Saints Catholic College, Cheshire

Ofsted inspectors were impressed when they visited All Saints Catholic College - not only did they see that results were improving, but they spoke to students who were enthused by reading through the introduction of Accelerated Reader.


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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.


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Students with lower abilities make particularly good progress at West Midlands college

Holly Lodge Foundation High School College of Science, West Midlands

Many students have reading levels well below the national average when they join Holly Lodge. Since Accelerated Reader has been implemented, attitudes towards reading have been transformed and students are rapidly improving their reading skills. Ofsted inspectors noted the impact of AR in their latest inspection.


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Inspectors impressed by reading culture at Northern Ireland primary school

Holy Family Primary School, County Derry

Inspectors were impressed with the "rich literacy environment" at Holy Family Primary School - students are engaged with reading, and as a result almost all students at the end of Key Stage 2 have reading ages at or above their chronological ages.