Latest success stories from Renaissance Learning

Target Setting Success Stories

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St Comgalls Primary School, County Antrim

Renaissance Learning's Curriculum and Education Specialist, Margaret Allen, speaks to Teacher and  School Improvement Leader Catherine Magee.


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Instant impact with Brompton-Westbrook Primary School

Brompton-Westbrook Primary School, Kent

We speak to Deputy Headteacher Kevin Presneill whose school, Brompton-Westbrook Primary School, have been using The Complete Literacy Solution by Renaissance since 2019. Kevin explains the difference in reading enjoyment, engagement and development that the school are no much better able to track and maintain since introducing Renaissance solutions.


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Reading attainment that’s never been better at St Botolphs CE Academy

St Botolphs CE Academy, Wakefield

Over the last three years, our reading scores at the end of Ks1 and Ks2 have improved, but more than that, the confidence and fluency in our children's reading have advanced. Although this cannot be measured, this is something that we see daily. When a child is excited and eager to get a new book from the library, it shows that the ambition I had at the start of this journey has been achieved, and children have fostered that essential love of reading. 


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The Complete Literacy Solution at Harrow Bangkok

Harrow Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Following a discovery of outstanding Renaissance Learning solution usage statistics, we got in touch with Tyla Arabas, Head of English Faculty, to find out what staff and students are doing that makes Harrow Bangkok such a successful reading school.


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“Renaissance solutions are having a significant impact on children’s desire and ability to read!”

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.


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Using Focus Skills to ensure understanding and mastery

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.


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A noticeable new reading culture

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. 



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Part 1: Going beyond AR with Star

River Beach Primary, Littlehampton, West Sussex, England

Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary School talks about how Accelerated Reader has made a real impact on pupil progression in his school, and also shares the start of his journey on delving deeper into Star Reading and key findings he is making along the way.


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Encouraging all kinds of readers at a boarding school in Scotland

Belhaven Hill School, Dunbar, East Lothian

Belhaven Hill School is one of the only full boarding and day prep schools in Scotland. The school was recognised at the 2016 Renaissance Awards as one of the top performing schools in Scotland - Amanda Parks, Librarian, shares how the school have used Accelerated Reader to encourage reading across the school.