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Reading for Pleasure Success Stories

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Using Accelerated Reader to empower reluctant readers

Thorpedene Primary School, Shoeburyness

Thorpedene Primary School is a large primary school in Shoeburyness, Essex. We spoke to two of their members of staff about how the programme has impacted on their students and supported their vision of creating a culture of reading for pleasure.


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“With Accelerated Reader, we couldn’t want for more.”

Christ Church Church of England Primary School, Chesterfield

In June 2019, Christ Church CofE Primary School received a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection report, with specific acknowledgement of the school’s effective reading strategy. The school’s reading progress score has also been consistently increasing since 2017. We spoke to the school’s headteacher, Sue Beckett, about how Accelerated Reader played its part.


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“We can make a real difference to their learning.”

Glyn School, Ewell

Glyn School a boys' comprehensive secondary school in Ewell, Surrey, have been using Accelerated Reader for just over a year, and implemented the programme in the summer of 2018 to boost literacy levels across Key Stage 3. We spoke to Caroline Woolridge, the school librarian, and Jade Phillips, the KS3 coordinator, about how the programme has influenced both students and teachers at the school.


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“Children are talking about the books they love.”

St Joseph’s Primary School, Greenock, Scotland

St Joseph’s Primary School in Greenock, Inverclyde, is a small school with about 150 pupils on roll. Mark Deegan is the school’s Depute Headteacher, and we spoke to him about the difference he’s seen at St Joseph’s since Accelerated Reader was introduced.


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“When Accelerated Reader is used well, I guarantee you will be elated with the results.”

Bo'ness Academy, Falkirk, Scotland

Bo’ness Academy is a secondary school based in Falkirk, Scotland. In the 2018/19 academic year students at the school read 2,661 books on Accelerated Reader, and undertook 1,171 Star Reading assessments. Impressive stats for a school with only 669 pupils! Hear from Sam Phillips, Principal Teacher of Literacy at Bo’ness Academy, about what Accelerated Reader has done for them.


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From ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ – a primary school’s journey

Florence Melly Community Primary School, Liverpool

Florence Melly Community Primary School was previously deemed Requires Improvement by Ofsted – until June 2019 when they achieved an Outstanding rating! Within the Ofsted report, there was specific mention of how strong the school’s system is for reading. We spoke to Ken, the headteacher, and Barbara, the school librarian, to find out what has worked so well with Accelerated Reader.


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“Accelerated Reader has proved to be invaluable.”

Ashford School, Ashford, Kent

Leeann Royle is the librarian at the prep school at Ashford School in Kent, catering for ages 3-11. They have been using Accelerated Reader since 2010. Here, she talks about her experience with the programme.


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Accelerated Reader is “firmly at the core of our reading culture”

Cromer Junior School, Cromer, Norfolk

Cromer Junior School in Cromer, Norfolk, has around 300 pupils age between 7 and 11. They started using Accelerated Reader in 2014! Here, Suzanne Ashpole, the school’s Deputy Headteacher, shares their story from implementing the programme in 2014 until today.


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Accelerated Reader school announced as Secondary School of the Year!

Cathedral Academy, Wakefield

Cathedral Academy, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has been crowned Secondary School of the Year in the Tes School Awards 2019! We spoke with Judy Pescod, the school librarian, about how the features of Accelerated Reader and Star Reading have helped grow Cathedral Academy to the impressive institute it is today…


Engaging reluctant readers with myON

Nishkam High School, Birmingham

Nishkam High School in Birmingham, an avid Accelerated Reader user, was one of the first schools in the UK to use myON with its students! Here, Sharan Kaur, the school’s librarian, discusses how she’s found it so far.


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