Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

SEN Success Stories

Finally, a simple and effective learning support resource for maths

Plumcroft Primary School, London

Plumcroft Primary School have been using Star Maths since 2014 to produce accurate progress assessment data for staff. In 2021, they took part in an exclusive trial with the newest maths solution from Renaissance Learning, Freckle.


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Providing structure to every child’s reading pattern

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.


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A new trust-wide cross-curricular resource

West Norfolk Academies Trust - Secondary Schools, Kings Lynn

We spoke to Olly Mackett - Trust-Wide English Lead for Secondary Schools to find out how secondary schools across WNAT are using strong reading proficiency to support all subject development, across the curriculum.


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Using Accelerated Reader to empower reluctant readers

Thorpedene Primary School, Shoeburyness

Thorpedene Primary School is a large primary school in Shoeburyness, Essex. We spoke to two of their members of staff about how the programme has impacted on their students and supported their vision of creating a culture of reading for pleasure.


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“It has worked for us.”

Milton Hall Primary School, Westcliff-on-Sea

The Head of Literacy at Milton Hall Primary School shares the school's secrets to fast, effective reading improvement.


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To be among the top five schools in the country is incredible, and my vision now is to become a beacon to schools in other areas of high deprivation…

Ward Jackson CE Primary School, Hartlepool

Like many schools located in areas with high levels of social deprivation, Ward Jackson CE Primary School in Hartlepool has long been regarded as something of a 'problem child' - facing mutiple challenges with staff turnover, poor pupil performance, high levels of mobility and a 'requires improvement' rating from Ofsted. However, unlike many schools of this type, however, 100% of Year 6 pupils at Ward Jackson achieved expected outcomes in their most recent SATs results and is now ranked among the top five schools in the country for progress in reading...


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How we raised literacy levels in our Year 7 and 8 students

by Nadia Ward and Debbie Kennedy, Wilmington Academy, Dartford

Wilmington Academy is a mixed, non-selective secondary academy and part of the Leigh Academies Trust, with a much higher ratio of boys to girls (65% vs. 35%). Nadia Ward (Assistant Principal & Director of Literacy) and Debbie Kennedy (Academy Librarian) share their story on how they raised literacy levels in their school.


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Assessment made easy at Manor Leas Junior Academy

by Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher

Manor Leas Junior Academy is a large Junior (KS2 only) school in Lincoln, aiming to provide pupils with an innovative curriculum to engage them in their learning. They recently became a Master School - an award celebrating best-practices in reading engagement. Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher at the school, shares her experience of tracking and monitoring pupil progress over the years.


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Realising a reading vision in under a year

East Ravendale CE Primary School, Grimsby, South Humberside

Last year, East Ravendale needed to bring on a new reading approach. With the help of Accelerated Reader, the school brought about rapid reading progress.


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AR “a positive way to promote reading for pleasure” at Tyne and Wear secondary

Thorp Academy, Tyne and Wear

Accelerated Reader has improved engagement with reading and given staff the means they need to intervene and support those who are struggling. A positive reading culture has developed, and students are becoming increasingly independent with their reading.