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Parliamentary group calls libraries “beating heart of the school”

By Ruth Atkinson

Data should be collected on the extent of provision of school libraries, according to the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group. In a report published this week, titled The Beating Heart of the School, the group examines the importance of school libraries and sets forward recommendations to ensure that they are given due recognition in national […]

EEF report finds early, ongoing intervention key to reading progress

By Ruth Atkinson

Only 1 in 10 students who arrive at secondary school without at least a Level 4 in reading will go on to achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Maths). Catch-up strategies for reading are essential to students’ success across the curriculum, but research findings suggest that most interventions are not having the […]

Education Minister cites new STAR Assessments in speech about improving teaching

In a speech to Reform on new freedoms for teachers over materials, assessment and professional development, Education Minister Elizabeth Truss cites two schools currently trialling new STAR Assessments. The minister quoted a speech by Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw at the North of England Education Conference to set the scene: [We] expect every school to […]

Google Capital invests in Renaissance Learning

By Ruth Atkinson

One of the largest investments in education over the last year highlights the importance of using precise data to boost student achievement. Renaissance Learning, an assessment and learning analytics company with a presence in thousands of schools worldwide, announced a minority investment from Google Capital at a company valuation of $1 billion. Google Capital was […]

Accelerated Reader user given Literacy Hero accolade at Clarence House

By Ruth Atkinson

When Learning Resources Manager Julie Carss heard that the National Literacy Trust was searching for Literacy Heroes, she knew that nobody deserved the award more than one of her students, Lisa Li. Lisa’s passion for reading and positive attitude towards learning meant that she had made over four years’ progress in reading within a single […]

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