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Ofsted Approved Catch Up Strategies with Renaissance Solutions

Prescot Primary School, Knowsley, England

Prescot Primary School in Knowsley has been using the full suite of Renaissance solutions since 2012 to support the School’s reading and numeracy development strategies. 

In May 2022, the School received the exciting news that they’d been allocated an Ofsted Inspection report grade of ‘Good’. In the report, the inspector made the following observations about the School’s successful learning development strategies:

“The importance of reading is a striking feature of the School. The corridors and classrooms are filled with a huge range of good-quality books. Pupils love to read. Some pupils explained that reading helps you to learn, as well as firing your imagination.

Pupils get off to an excellent start with learning to read. Teachers deliver the phonics programme well. In the Nursery class, children love the stories that their teachers read to them. In the Reception class, children quickly get to know letters and sounds and how to blend them together to make words. Pupils become increasingly confident readers by the time they leave key stage 1

Pupils who struggle to read benefit from additional support from well-trained adults. This builds their confidence and increases their fluency in reading. Adults help these pupils to catch-up quickly with their peers.”

Following this fantastic feedback from Oftsed, we spoke to headteacher Steve, who outlined the impact that Renaissance solutions have had on the success of the School’s overall development strategy.

Steve explains:

“As a school, our approach to technology in scaffolding our pupils’ learning means investing more in solutions such as Accelerated Reader and Star Assessments, which makes things so much easier from a workload and time management perspective.”

As a school, our approach to technology in scaffolding our pupils’ learning means investing more in solutions such as Accelerated Reader and Star Assessments, which makes things so much easier from a workload and time management perspective. 

In addition, Renaissance solutions make learning so much more personalised and individualised. Bespoke learning is beneficial for pupils who are used to having a profile of interventional support. The fact that we can look at their overall development journey with Renaissance solutions means we can monitor the holistic growth that pupil is making.

For example, this academic year, we’ve introduced five new pupils from Ukraine to the School. One of the first things we did was give these pupils an iPad to access translation and audible programmes, such as myON and Accelerated Reader. 

Around this time of year, we’ll be scrutinising our Star Assessment data to see what intervention strategies we can generate from the data. Following the number of reports we were analysing during the disrupted academic years due to the pandemic, we’ve since managed to streamline our analysis process thanks to AR and Star Assessments. 

Now, we can provide key stakeholders in each child’s academic support network with a concise and accurate child profile. If stakeholders want to know more, we have much data from reading ages to Standardised Growth Percentiles to share with stakeholders. 

Ofsted felt that “reading was a striking feature of the school” and is both a prominent and significant feature of school life at Prescot Primary School.

Over the last eighteen months, Prescot Primary School have completed over 36,686 Accelerated Reader Quizzes and more than 4,874 Star Reading Assessments.

Over the last eighteen months, Prescot Primary School have seen an increase in their average Star Reading Scaled Score of 17.38%

Over the last eighteen months, Prescot Primary School have seen an increase in the average ZPD of 11.41%

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