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Student Engagement Success Stories


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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Ingraining reading at a Further Education College

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.


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“I don’t think there’s ever been such an active approach to reading at school”

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.


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Achieving one hour of daily engaged reading time in Northwest London

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.


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Engaging reluctant readers and encouraging reading for pleasure

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.


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‘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.


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‘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.


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Improving the transparency of reading at Ormiston Primary School

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.


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“Developing mature and sophisticated readers” at Swansea Primary School

St. Illtyd's Primary School, Swansea, West Glamorgan

After introducing Renaissance Accelerated Reader, children at St. Illtyd's Primary School are more motivated to read than ever.