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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

SATs Success Stories

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To be among the top five schools in the country is incredible, and my vision now is to become a beacon to schools in other areas of high deprivation…

Ward Jackson CE Primary School, Hartlepool

Like many schools located in areas with high levels of social deprivation, Ward Jackson CE Primary School in Hartlepool has long been regarded as something of a 'problem child' - facing mutiple challenges with staff turnover, poor pupil performance, high levels of mobility and a 'requires improvement' rating from Ofsted. However, unlike many schools of this type, however, 100% of Year 6 pupils at Ward Jackson achieved expected outcomes in their most recent SATs results and is now ranked among the top five schools in the country for progress in reading...


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 5 years and recently reported 14 months of reading progress in only 10 months! Head Teacher Martin Kelsey, shares his story of finding and using an accurate assessment in his school to measure, track and demonstrate progress.



Assessment made easy at Manor Leas Junior Academy

by Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher, Manor Leas Junior Academy, Hykeham Rd, Lincoln

Manor Leas Junior Academy is a large Junior (KS2 only) school in Lincoln. We aim to provide our pupils with an innovative curriculum which uses technology and real-life topics to engage pupils in their learning. We recently became a Master School, an award celebrating best practice best-practices in reading engagement. We are happy to share our experience of assessing pupil progress with other schools.


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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" and this motto is clearly respected in their journey with monitoring progress for each pupil through individualised and personalised testing and reporting. Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary, takes us through their journey of monitoring progress and growth with Accelerated Reader and Star Assessments.


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Giving children confidence with SATs preparation

Florence Melly Community Primary School, Liverpool

Florence Melly is a mixed primary school, based in Liverpool, with over 400 pupils on roll. Head Teacher, Ken Heaton and Year 6 Teacher, Nikki Bear, discuss the school’s approach to reading following their implementation of Accelerated Reader in September 2016.


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…