Tag: Reading

Reach for the right tools when you tackle the new reading framework

by Georgina Cook, Literacy Assessment Specialist at GL Assessment How can school leaders effectively implement the DfE’s comprehensive new reading guidance with the minimum of fuss? Georgina Cook explains why NGRT and myON are essential when it comes to a whole-school reading strategy Of the 101 things jostling for the attention of school and trust […]

Navigating the Transition: Top tips to prepare Year 7 Students for a Successful Year of Reading

by Sharan Kaur Sharan Kaur, secondary school librarian at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School in Birmingham, has harnessed the power of technology and innovation to guide year 7 students through their formative years. Her secret weapons? Accelerated Reader and Star Reading. For over a decade, she has been using Renaissance solutions to enrich the reading experiences […]

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 […]

The 2023 Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards Shortlist is here!

The shortlist for the 2023 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 […]

The Renaissance Awards 2022: Recap

  December 14th 2022 was a big day in the Renaissance calendar – we held our 7th annual Renaissance Awards ceremony. The time of year where we recognise educators across the globe for their dedication to teaching and joining us on our mission to accelerate learning for all. From whole-school recognition to outstanding individuals, this […]

Reading for all children: Reflecting on our favourite books from WKAR 2022

“Reading for pleasure is the single biggest factor in success later in life outside of education. Study after study has shown that those children who read for pleasure are the ones most likely to fulfil their ambitions” – Bali Rai Books are a pathway to escapism. They can take you to any time, place, or […]

The Librarian Files: How do we keep our reading buzz going to the end of the year?

by Sharan Kaur 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 to write a blog series for Renaissance covering […]

What Kids are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards Longlist

What Kids Are Reading is the largest annual study of the reading habits and trends of students across the UK and Ireland, using data from a variety of sources including Renaissance Accelerated Reader data. Accelerated Reader is a reading practice programme allowing students to take comprehension quizzes on books they’ve read. Last year, we added […]

Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

It’s Earth Day’s 50th anniversary! In this blog, Lee shares some some great fiction and non-fiction titles that are sure to get kids exploring issues around climate change and the Earth.


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Key Awards and Lists

We aim to quiz all of the books from the major awards and reading promotions. See below for details of AR quizzed books on recent lists.