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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Staff Engagement Success Stories

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How we raised literacy levels in our Year 7 and 8 students

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.


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Assessment made easy at Manor Leas Junior Academy

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.


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Accelerated Reader at the forefront of reading culture at Redriff Primary School

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.


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AR implementation leads to a revitalised library and OFSTED success at academy in Essex

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.


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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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“RSP has changed the way we run AR”

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.


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Middlesbrough school now has “real focus” with RSP

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.


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A clear evidence trail at Everest

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.


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Reading at the centre of the English department in Sheffield academy

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.