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Nearly 4,000 schools in the UK use Accelerated Reader (AR), the world’s most popular independent reading management software.

About Accelerated Reader

At its heart, AR is simple. Students read a book, take an AR Quiz, and get immediate feedback. Students get excited and motivated when they see their progress. And teachers can easily monitor and manage students’ independent reading practice.

Over 26,000 books have Accelerated Reader quizzes available for them. By choosing books that interest them, and which are of a suitable level of difficulty, students are motivated to read more and make greater progress with their reading skills.

Renaissance Learning also produces numeracy software to accelerate students’ maths skills and provides assessments in reading, maths and early learning for over 1,000,000 UK students.

Find out more about AR at renlearn.co.uk/ar, or contact a member of our team to arrange an online demonstration of the programme on 020 7184 4040.

Mini quizzes for £1 Books

At Renaissance Learning we are proud to continue our association with World Book Day. As part of that support we provide fun ‘mini’ AR quizzes on many of the special edition £1 titles published for Word Book Day. These are available from takethequiz.co.uk.

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Accelerated Reader is used by over 3,500 schools in the UK to monitor students’ progress in reading and motivate them to read for pleasure.

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We have made available fun, motivational quizzes on some of the biggest books of the year, including the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists and the special £1 World Book Day books.


“Particularly positive effects” – independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation

Findings of the Education Endowment Foundation research

Accelerated Reader has been found to increase the reading age of pupils by 3 additional months in just 22 weeks, according to the results of a randomised controlled trial published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). Low-income pupils benefited even more, with their reading age improving by 5 additional months in the same amount of time.

The trial, funded by EEF and led by the schools themselves, involved pupils at the start of year 7 who had not achieved Level 4 in their primary results for English.

Learn more about the study

National Literacy Trust report: Accelerated Reader and Young People’s Reading

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The National Literacy Trust has published its second independent report on students’ attitudes towards reading.

The study found that, overall, students using Accelerated Reader are more likely to:

  • enjoy reading
  • have a favourite book
  • read regularly at least once a week outside class

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About World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

Contact World Book Day


World Book Day
6 Bell Yard

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