Staff Engagement Success Stories
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.
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.
Redriff Primary School, Southwark, London
Redriff Primary School have launched a concerted effort to transform the school's reading culture. Charlotte Heath, Assistant Head, discusses the effects the programme has had.
Maltings Academy, Witham, Essex
Maltings Academy has been transformed from a 'Requires Improvement' rating by OFSTED to 'Outstanding'. The librarian praises AR for contributing to the turnaround.
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.
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.
Gillbrook Academy, Redcar & Cleveland
Everybody reads at Gillbrook Academy, from Year 7 to Year 11. Reading is at the heart of the school, and is routine for students and tutors. The support and resources provided by the academy's RSP programme manager have contributed to a developing reading culture and increased attainment.
Eston Park Academy, Middlesbrough
The Renaissance School Partnership has transformed how staff at Eston Park Academy run Accelerated Reader. As a result, the percentage of students at risk has halved and the average number of points earned per student has risen almost fourfold.
Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke
Accelerated Reader has been in use at Everest since 2007, but since joining the Renaissance School Partnership programme in 2012 the academy has seen increased improvements in attainment. The additional training and support provided by a dedicated programme manager has led to an increased focus on student data and more effective intervention, impressing inspectors.
Firth Park Academy, Sheffield
By joining the Renaissance School Partnership programme, Firth Park has put Accelerated Reader at the centre of the English Department. While reading used to be an add-on, it is now firmly embedded in the curriculum and a top priority for the staff team.