Renaissance Blog

Researching learning loss: findings from the first stage

We’re proud to be working with the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and the Department for Education (DfE) on research to understand the immediate and potential long-term impact of Covid-19 on students in England and any learning loss caused by the pandemic.

In response to: Cancelling interim testing this school year

Considering the most recent announcements around the cancellation of SATs and GCSEs, Dr Gene Kerns discusses in this blog why formative assessment should take precedent within schools this year.

Quiz Writers’ Highlights from 2020

By Lee Burkwood

As 2020 draws to a close, we asked the quiz writers to choose some of their favourite books they’ve quizzed this year!

New to myON… Cranachan Publishing!

By Renaissance UK

23 engaging Children’s and YA titles from Scotland’s Cranachan Publishing are now available for myON by Renaissance and quizzed for Accelerated Reader. Publisher Anne Glennie talks through them all in a short video.

The Lockdown Learning Awards 2020

By Ruth Atkinson

Learn about the Renaissance Lockdown Learning Awards, who our winners are, and what they did!

63% of school leaders believe the attainment gap has grown during lockdown – how can using Focus Skills help to close it?

By Renaissance UK

We recently undertook some research which asked over four hundred (443) senior school leaders, department heads and teachers about their experience of assessing and combatting the attainment gap as schools return to the classroom. The findings revealed that the majority of heads and school teachers (63%) think lockdown has made the attainment gap greater and a third (33%) of teachers also feel their schools are unprepared to act on attainment differences.

Enter The Lockdown Learning Awards 2020!

By Margaret Allen

Have you entered the 2020 Renaissance Awards yet? Read about what we’re looking for and how to enter in this poem!

Researching learning loss: our work with EPI and DfE

By Renaissance UK

Read about how our research will bring together data and insight, with Star customer’s analysis survey results to learn more about the response to Covid-19.

To have or have not…?

By Margaret Allen

Non-Fiction Articles have become a popular additional resource to the Renaissance Solution in schools. There are 2,000 engaging non-fiction articles (labelled Accelerated Reader 360)* covering dozens of topics from history, science, technology and culture available from schools’ Renaissance Home Page.

Star shines a light on students moving from Year 6 to Year 7

By Ruth Atkinson

The lack of KS2 SATs in 2020 has placed an even greater burden on secondary schools unable to support the transition of their new Year 7 intake from their feeder primaries. In this blog, Frances highlights ways you can use Star to fill in gaps in your data.


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