Student Engagement Success Stories
Sunmarke School, Dubai
Renaissance spoke with Dolores Elliot-Wilson, Chief Librarian from Sunmarke school to discuss the impact of Accelerated Reader and Star Reading on ELL (English Language Learners), library engagement and top tips for aspiring schools.
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.
Warrington & Vale Royal College, Warrington, Cheshire
Warrington & Vale Royal College provides a variety of courses for school leavers up to adults. The college is in its third year of using Accelerated Reader with students aged 16-18 across a variety of vocational areas. Bethan Bligh, Learning Resource Centre Manager, outlines the importance of reading in Further Education.
Lower Fields Primary School, Bradford, West Yorkshire
After introducing Accelerated Reader to KS3, Lower Fields Primary School brought about multiple changes to their childrens' reading habits and attitudes.
Copthall School, Mill Hill, London
Students at Copthall School in London are achieving almost an hour of daily engaged reading time, following the school's usage of Accelerated Reader to implement reading interventions, incentives and targets.
The Michaelston and Glyn Derw High School Federation, Cardiff
Before federating with Michaelston Community College in 2015, Glyn Derw High School implemented Renaissance Accelerated Reader in 2014 with years 7, 8 and 9, having seen another school in Cardiff achieve impressive results with the programme. The school was recognised as one of the highest achieving schools using Accelerated Reader at the 2016 Renaissance Awards: Maria Dell, Librarian, describes the impact on reading in school that the programme has brought about.
‘Children are more likely to become lifelong readers now’, two months after implementing Renaissance Accelerated Reader
White Rose Primary School, New Tredegar, Gwent
Having brought on Accelerated Reader as part of the Caerphilly Reading Project, White Rose Primary have seen immediate improvements in reading engagement, particularly among boys.
‘Renaissance Accelerated Reader is the most motivational reading programme I have seen in almost 30 years of teaching’
St Joseph's Primary School, County Armagh
St Joseph's Primary School, based in Armagh, have witnessed extraordinary progress and unprecedented engagement with reading. Paud Loughran, Principal, outlines how the programme has complimented the school's outlook on reading, and shares how the school motivates their children to read.
Ormiston Primary School, Tranent, East Lothian
Having implemented Accelerated Reader Helen Gardyne, Head Teacher, believes it has had a dramatic impact on reading engagement and comprehension.