Library Use Success Stories
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.
Vision Multi Academy Trust - Sunny Bank Primary School and Higher Lane Primary School, Bury
We spoke to James Gabrielides, Interim Headteacher at Sunny Bank Primary School, who has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading for several years in several different schools. James chats to us about the difference that both Accelerated Reader and Star Reading are having on the reading development of pupils.
Boothferry Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire
In 2017, Accelerated Reader and Star Reading was brought in to support the school's literacy strategy and promote more positive attitudes towards reading. In February 2019, the school received a 'Good' Ofsted inspection report, with specific recognition of the school's teaching of reading:
"The teaching of reading is a strength of the school. Teachers provide high-quality support for pupils to develop their reading comprehension. Pupils confidently talk about their whole-school reading challenge, which motivates them to gain rewards for reading regularly."
New Barn School, Horsham
Accelerated Reader and Star Reading have helped teachers to monitor progress by observing their change of Reading Age as well as looking at how strong they are in the different components of Reading.
Ellis Guilford Comprehensive School, Nottingham
I want to make use of the data more for teachers and I’m hoping, in time, our teachers will have a better grasp of Accelerated Reader and Star Reading. I think the Star Reading programme will be invaluable for our teachers because once you know whether pupils are growing or not, you can now group them and use the instructional planning report to see what individual skills each pupil has mastered and what they are yet to master, still. Therefore, if teachers begin to regularly work with their individual groups more often then they will be able to offer more appropriate intervention, subsequently allowing them to share this vital data with other teachers.
Dunstone Primary School, Plymouth
We spoke to Teaching Assistant (TA), Sally Geary, who has been with the school for twelve years. Sally was only recently appointed the primary contact for Accelerated Reader since January 2019. With the help of a team of dedicated TAs, Sally oversees the daily maintenance and effective administration of the Accelerated Reader and Star Reading programmes. The team have one goal, to help nurture a love of reading for all pupils.
Devizes School, Saltergate Junior School, and Prescot Primary School, Nationwide
Members of staff from three different schools across the country explain why they invested in myON during school closures. They explain how myON has enabled their pupils to continue reading development while learning from home, and discuss how their schools will continue to use myON going into the new academic year.
Prescot Primary School, Merseyside
Margaret was joined by Lisa Seddon, Deputy Headteacher and Dawn Malloy, Librarian/HLTA at Prescot Primary School. Together, they discussed all things assessment, digital libraries and reading for pleasure during school closures due to Covid-19, March 2020.
Swans International School, Marbella
Swans International School in Marbella, Spain, educates over 800 children of more than thirty nationalities, from EYFS all the way to Year 13. We spoke to Kate Ling, the librarian at Swans for over seven years – she’s been there for the initial implementation of Accelerated Reader through to its continued use today.
St Martin's Multi-Academy Trust, Bilston
St Martin’s Multi Academy Trust is a three-school trust in Bilston, West Midlands. Its academies are all located in areas of high deprivation. Read the story from Christine Ivory, Assistant Headteacher at Grove Primary School, and Ben Davies, Executive Headteacher, about why they chose Accelerated Reader and Star Reading to support reading across the trust.