Midlands Success Stories
Finham Park 2, Coventry, England
Finham Park 2, part of the Finham Park Multi-Academy Trust, have been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2017 to support their reading development strategy across Key-Stage 3 and the transition into Key-Stage 4. In addition, in 2020, the school implemented myON the Digital Library, from Renaissance to support reading engagement for all students while learning at home. Since then the school has continued to utilise The Complete Literacy Solution to support classroom-based learning.
Priory Primary School, Dudley, England
Priory Primary School have signed up for the Nearpod Free Trial, giving them full access to the learning management system for the whole spring term. We spoke to Computer Lead, Ryan Adams, to determine what the school was expecting from the Nearpod Trial and whether the Neaprod has met their expectations.
Lyng Hall School, Coventry
Boosting Confidence in Reading with myON the Digital Library
Outwood Junior Academy Brumby, North Lincolnshire
Outwood Junior Academy Brumby has been using Accelerated Reader and Stare Reading since 2018 to support their reading development strategy.
In December 2021, we had the pleasure of informing the school of the good news that Outwood Junior Academy Brumby pupils had carried out the MOST Accelerated Reader quizzes in North Lincolnshire! The academy completed over 16,283 quizzes between August 2020 to November 2021.
Lea Forest Primary Academy, Birmingham
Lea Forest Primary Academy has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2015 to provide a consistent approach to reading and develop a love for reading for all pupils throughout the school. In November 2021, the school received a 'Good' Ofsted inspection report with specific recognition for the school's reading development strategy.
Q3 Academy Langley, Oldbury
The Long Eaton School, Derbyshire
The Long Eaton School have been successfully utilising Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2013. In August 2020, new Qualified Teacher Librarian Althea Briers joined the school when engaging students with reading for pleasure and developing reading proficiency was more crucial than ever.
Due to school part-closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Althea and her colleagues had the challenging task of refamilalrising and reintegrating students with a library system that makes reading accessible and part of students daily lives once again.
Hales Valley Trust, Dudley
Hales Valley Trust, situated in Dudley, has produced unprecedented product usage statistics throughout one of the most challenging years in education due to school part-closures due to COVID-19. We contacted the Director of School Improvement for the Trust, Rebecca Cox, who explains how the Trust has ensured consistent and strong reading practice across all schools both in and out of school.
Casterton College, Rutland
St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic School, Birmingham
In 2013 St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic School, part of the Lumen Christi Multi-Academy Trust, invested in Accelerated Reader (AR) and Star Reading (SR) to promote a love and motivation for reading amongst their students.
Since then, the school have gone on to see a year-on-year improvement in their Progress 8 score. Most notably, the Progress 8 score for their disadvantaged pupils has increased substantially over the last two years. In 2019, according to the DfE's latest published data, the school performed within the top 29% of all secondary schools in Birmingham based on Progress 8 Score.