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If You Liked This, Try This DEI Option: BookTok Edition

By Lucy McGraw

This month, the content team has selected some of our favourite titles that fans of BookTok’s most popular books will love. As the content team focuses on highlighting DEI authors and titles wherever possible, this month’s book list features titles by authors of colour that are perfect for even the most prolific BookTok readers. Check […]

Celebrating Pride with Newcomer LGBTQ+ Authors

By Lucy McGraw

In honour of Pride Month, the content team has selected several titles that we have enjoyed by newcomer LGBTQ+ authors whose debut books have been published between 2020 and 2022. This list includes some of those debuts as well as some follow-up titles. We’ve loved getting to know the characters in these stories, following their […]

Dive into a Summer of Reading and Defeat the Summer Slide

By Denisha Polin

As the summer break approaches, children eagerly anticipate the freedom from school routines and homework. While it’s important for them to unwind and recharge, research has shown that reading skills often decline during this period. This phenomenon, known as the “summer slide,” can have a lasting impact on a child’s educational progress. To combat this, […]

Children’s Books about Self-Love

By Lisa Heller

This month our team has chosen to shine a light on some books that teach children about self-love.  In a time where judgement and bullying are omnipresent, it is more important than ever to teach children about self-love and self-acceptance. Everyone is special in their own way, and the sooner children learn this, the sooner […]

World Book Day: How was it for you?

Written by Sharan Kaur, Librarian at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School Our day for celebrating books, authors, writing and reading was once again a roaring success. A huge thank goes to our World Book Day team of volunteers for helping to prep and run the various stations. In place of a dress up day, we celebrated […]

English Schools Shine: A Remarkable Fourth Place in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study

By Joan Mill, Group Managing Director at Renaissance   England’s schools have made an impressive jump in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), moving from eighth place to secure a spot in the top five rankings. Conducted every five years, this global assessment evaluates countries’ education systems and provides a comprehensive league table. […]

How can we accelerate learning recovery?

A new report by the Education Policy Institute, in partnership with Renaissance, shows that the pandemic is still having an adverse effect on pupils’ learning. This new analysis uses Renaissance’s Star Reading and Star Maths Assessments to create the largest sample size of its kind available in the country.

Celebrating 15 years of What Kids Are Reading

By Denisha Polin

Now in its fifteenth year, our What (and How) Kids Are Reading report uses Accelerated Reader, Star Reading and myON data to look at the book-reading habits of children across the UK and Ireland. This year we looked at data from nearly 1.3 million students from the 2021/22 academic year and are thrilled to share […]

7 Great Children’s Books About the Roma and Traveller Communities

By Lucy McGraw

To bring more awareness of and representation to the Roma and Traveller communities, the Content Team has put together a list of some great books written by and featuring characters from these communities.  According to a recent study, people from the Roma and Traveller communities often suffer from social barriers. As Sarah Mann, the director […]

See Every Student with the new Renaissance

Our new identity captures Renaissance as we are today, introducing our integrated solutions that champion a teacher-centered ecosystem and demonstrating how the right technology can help educators to truly see every student.