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Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Whole-School Literacy Success Stories

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Transforming the way our Trust supports learning

David Ross Education Trust, Schools across the UK

We spoke to Lyndsay Bawden, Trust-Wide Subject Lead for English at the David Ross Academy Trust, since 2018. Lyndsay explores the decisions that were made at trust-level to utilise Accelerated Reader and Star Reading as a learning enhancement programme.


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A new Trust-wide reading culture

Charnwood College, Loughborough

The David Ross Education Trust rolled out Accelerated Reader and Star Reading across all secondary schools to improve reading levels and develop a love of reading for all pupils across the trust. We discussed the impact with Charnwood College...


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The Merseyside primary school with the complete literacy solution

Prescot Primary School, Merseyside

Prescot Primary School can be found in Knowsley, Merseyside, the second-poorest local authority in the country. Their percentage of EAL students is very low at only 5.7%, but they were still seeing low reading scores in their students.Since implementing Accelerated Reader in 2016, and later adding myON, they've been doing some awesome things. We spoke to Steve George, the headteacher, as well as Dawn Molloy, the school librarian, to find out what it is about the Renaissance literacy solution that works so well.


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Helping to provide and nurture a lifelong core skill

Northampton International Academy, Northampton

Northampton International Academy first opened its doors in September 2016 and currently its Year 7 and 8 pupils use Accelerated Reader. In July 2019, Northampton International Academy had its first Ofsted inspection and was graded ‘Good’, with specific praise given to their strong reading culture. Tracey Frohawk, the Learning Resource Centre Manager at the school, has been instrumental in the integration of AR.


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Congratulations to Casterton College!

Casterton College, Rutland

Casterton College was shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year in the Tes Schools Awards 2019! The school’s librarian, Debbie Scott, tells us using Accelerated Reader since 2015 has helped them to achieve the school’s incredible performance.


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Changing mindsets around reading

Countess Anne CofE Primary School, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Countess Anne CofE Primary School, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, implemented Renaissance Accelerated Reader™ around three years ago to try to help their low-entry-level Reception children reach their full potential all the way to Year 6.


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Part 1: Going beyond AR with Star

River Beach Primary, Littlehampton, West Sussex, England

Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary School talks about how Accelerated Reader has made a real impact on pupil progression in his school, and also shares the start of his journey on delving deeper into Star Reading and key findings he is making along the way.


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Engendering a whole-school reading approach within one term

Hayle Academy, Hayle, Cornwall

In their first term of Accelerated Reader implementation, Hayle Academy have revolutionised their reading approach across the curriculum.


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Encouraging all kinds of readers at a boarding school in Scotland

Belhaven Hill School, Dunbar, East Lothian

Belhaven Hill School is one of the only full boarding and day prep schools in Scotland. The school was recognised at the 2016 Renaissance Awards as one of the top performing schools in Scotland - Amanda Parks, Librarian, shares how the school have used Accelerated Reader to encourage reading across the school.


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Impacting Whole School Literacy at Cardiff High School

Cardiff High School, Cardiff, South Glamorgan

Cardiff High School, which was found to be the top performing secondary school in Wales in 2016, has seen Accelerated Reader have a dramatic impact on literacy across the school.