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Reading habits unwrapped: What (and How) Kids Are Reading 2022

By Denisha Polin

  This year marks the launch of our 14th annual What (and how) Kids are reading report and we are beyond thrilled to reveal the reading habits of over 1 million pupils across the UK and Ireland for the 2020/2021 academic year. Whilst some familiar author names remain popular year on year, you might be […]

The Librarian Files: “We had a day long external SEND review”

By Denisha Polin

by Sharan Kaur and Denisha Polin Sharan Kaur, a secondary school librarian, has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading for over a decade to help keep students engaged and on track with reading development.  As the sole librarian in her school, the high-accountability role can be isolating and intense. That’s why we’ve invited Sharan […]

The Librarian Files: Reflecting on World Book Day

By James Willats

by Sharan Kaur and James Willats Sharan Kaur, a secondary school librarian, has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading for over a decade to help keep students engaged and on track with reading development.  As the sole librarian in her school, the high-accountability role can be isolating and intense. That’s why we’ve invited Sharan […]

Announcing our 2022 Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards Shortlists!

By Ruth Atkinson

The shortlist for the 2022 What Kids Are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards is finally here! The Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards are held every year alongside the release of our What Kids Are Reading report. The report highlights the books that have been read the most by children in the UK and Ireland, which is […]

Researching Learning Loss: findings from the Autumn 2021/22 extension

By Tamsin Moore

It goes without saying that the 2020/21 academic year was incredibly challenging, with a second period of restrictions to in-person learning for the majority of students in Spring, high levels of student and teacher absence throughout, and ongoing restrictions within schools such as bubbles and mask-wearing. These circumstances created strains never seen before in schools. […]

Renaissance are Company of the Year!

By Ruth Atkinson

Renaissance were named Company of the Year at the 2022 Bett Awards! In this blog, read more about this achievement and what’s next for us.

Tackling Teacher Workload with Renaissance Solutions

In the ‘new normal’, it has become critical for school leaders and teachers to ensure continuity and consistency in learning to meet curriculum standards whilst maintaining flexibility in assessment, planning, and instructions to adapt to the changing context and student needs. In this blog, we discuss some integrated and streamlined processes that can help schools to improve their workflow, eliminate unnecessary teacher workload and facilitate greater collaboration.

Celebrate World Autism Acceptance Week with a book!

By Lee Burkwood

It’s that time of year again when people are encouraged to not only raise awareness about autism, but also accept and embrace autistic people. Autism is a lifelong condition that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. More than 700,000 people in the […]

Children’s fantasy books featuring Black protagonists

By Kerry McGuire

For this month’s booklist, our team have selected some of our recent favourite fantasy titles that feature a Black main character. There’s something for all fantasy lovers here, including children with magic and superpowers, time-travelling adventures, and even a classic body-swap story! Check out the list below for the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information. Mia […]

Please Sir, I want some more – Teaching literary Classics with myON

By Denisha Polin

As world book day 2022 approaches, the importance of children’s reading is more prevalent than ever. Whilst reading for pleasure will always be at the forefront of engagement, it is also important that pupils are targeting core Focus Skills that support their literary progress. Recently, our Curriculum and Education expert Margaret Allen, had the chance […]


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