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Freckle Spots: Get to know Freckle

By Denisha Polin

Introducing, Freckle Spots! In this four-part series we’re breaking down our latest primary maths practice programme, Freckle. You may be wondering how it works, how it can engage pupils in the classroom whilst nurturing their numeracy skills, and lastly how it can support teachers. This series will address all of those lingering questions you may […]

Exploring LGBTQIA+ Issues in Children’s Non-Fiction

By Kerry McGuire

To celebrate LGBT+ History Month 2022, our team have put together a booklist of our favourite non-fiction titles from the last few years. There are books for all age groups: from stunningly-illustrated picture books to graphic novels to biographies about LGBT+ icons! Check out the list below for the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information. Ru […]

Bring lessons to life in 2022 with Nearpod

By Denisha Polin

What is Nearpod? Nearpod provides an interactive instructional platform that combines real-time formative assessment and dynamic media for live and self-paced learning experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom. An exciting new addition to the Renaissance Family, it gives educators the ability to adjust in real-time, while easily monitoring student progression. You can have […]

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 […]


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