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Protected: Bring lessons to life in 2022 with Nearpod

By Denisha Polin

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How Accelerated Reader supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

By Denisha Polin

Last year, we were honoured to celebrate 35 years of Accelerated Reader. As we reflect on its impact on students across the globe, we recognise the importance of not only honouring the past but also looking towards the future. In this blog, we’ll address some of the most common questions about how books are selected for […]

Researching Learning Loss: findings from Spring and Summer 2020/21

By Tamsin Moore

After a year of researching the impact of the pandemic and the disruption to learning among pupils in England, Renaissance and Education Policy Institute (EPI) have published two new reports as part of our joint research project commissioned by the Department for Education. For many students worldwide, the 2020/2021 academic year delivered unprecedented challenges and, […]

Homelessness and Poverty in Children’s Books

By Kerry McGuire

Happy New Year from all of us at Renaissance! We hope you had a restful break over the holidays. For our first booklist of 2022, we’re taking a look at the themes of homelessness and poverty in children’s books, with recommendations for all ages. Check out the list below for a selection of fiction and […]

Books on Winter Festivals for Younger Readers

By Kerry McGuire

Now that we’re well into winter, many schools across the UK will be decorating their classrooms in preparation for lots of exciting winter celebrations. This month our team have put together a list of books that allow younger readers to explore a variety of winter holidays, whatever they may celebrate at home. Check out the […]

Children’s Books on Tolerance and Anti-Bullying

By Lee Burkwood

In the week of 15-19th November, the Anti-bullying Alliance is coordinating this year’s Anti-bullying Week. Many schools across the UK will be marking this event with the theme of “One Kind Word”. In addition, on the 16th of November, the United Nations is observing the International Day of Tolerance, which is a day that aims […]

Evaluating the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) two years on

By Denisha Polin

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has been asked by the Department for Education (DfE) to carry out an independent evaluation of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP), which is now in its second year. This evaluation will explore the impact of the different pillars of the programme (tuition partners, academic mentors and the school-led […]

The Classroom Code: uncovering common student reading habits

By Denisha Polin

With over 160.4K followers and 5M likes on TikTok, English Teacher, Josh Quinn (@Quinnglish) has generated quite the audience for his comic educational videos on the social platform which resurfaced as a global phenomenon during the pandemic last year. Referencing himself as the ‘CEO of email wars’, Josh often posts humorous videos that satirise common […]

Behind the Scenes: Creating Quizzes for Accelerated Reader

By Kerry McGuire

Have you ever wondered about the work that goes into adding a quiz to Accelerated Reader? Read on for a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of the Content team and follow the new book, Happy Here: 10 Stories from Black British Authors & Illustrators, from the time the book is published to when its quiz goes live, […]

‘An invaluable tool to help children improve their reading skills’: Accelerated Reader gains HeadteacherChat’s stamp of approval

By Denisha Polin

In celebration of thirty-five years since the launch of Accelerated Reader(AR), we look at how our most acclaimed reading programme has encouraged over 6,000 schools to access a diverse range of books confidently whilst simultaneously supporting reading growth and monitoring student progression. After trialling AR, Headteacherchat co-host, Jonathan Coy tells us exactly why he is […]

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