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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Student Engagement Success Stories

Engaging reluctant readers with myON

Nishkam High School, Birmingham

Nishkam High School in Birmingham, an avid Accelerated Reader user, was one of the first schools in the UK to use myON with its students! Here, Sharan Kaur, the school’s librarian, discusses how she’s found it so far.


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The “major impact” of Accelerated Maths at Belfast primary school

Christ the Redeemer Primary School, Lagmore

Christ the Redeemer Primary School in Lagmore, West Belfast, introduced Accelerated Maths back in 2012 after the success of Accelerated Reader. In this longer read, the maths department at the school shares the school’s experience with Accelerated Maths and what they plan on doing with it in the future.


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“A year’s worth of student progress made in just a few months!”

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.


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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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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.