Leading literacy and numeracy solutions proven to improve attainment and digital competence

What is Accelerated Reader?

two children reading together A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Accelerated Reader guides your children to read books that are at the right level for them, challenging their literacy skills and helping them to improve their reading. “Children enjoy reading more”, according to an independent study from the National Literacy Trust.

What is myON?

Many children do not have access to enough reading materials, especially at home. myON, the enhanced digital library, provides every child with unlimited access to digital books available 24/7, offline and online. Audio narration, writing tools and built-in dictionary for spelling & grammar are included to improve student’s digital competence and literacy skills.

What are Star Assessments?

Star Assessments for reading and maths are computer-adaptive tests with instant progress monitoring and intervention reporting. What’s more, these reports provide you with reliable data that you can show during ESTYN inspections or during progress meetings within your school.

Our presence in Wales


Identify the attainment gap and target intervention in line with the Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) 

The Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) is allocated to schools with pupils in Wales who come from low-income families and are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (e-FSM) and pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (LAC), the purpose of the PDG is to reduce the attainment gap and help learners from disadvantaged backgrounds achieving their full potential.

In order to achieve the grant, schools must identify the target group of pupils, it’s characteristics and needs, plan intervention and monitor progress. At Renaissance, we’re here to help! Star Assessments provide world-leading reports at a click of a button:

The Screening report – identifies and classifies students into categories based on national benchmarks, grouping them into a range of ability levels from urgent intervention to gifted and talented.

The Suggested Skills report – provides an in-depth gap analysis for every student showing granular information about their required next steps

The Growth and Achievement report – tracks absolute progress made by each student, shows attainment compares to national benchmarks and shows how much progress students have made compared to children of the same age with similar starting points students.

To find out more about the Pupil Deprivation Grant, please email [email protected] or to discover more about Star Assessments, click the link below.

Hear from our customer schools in Wales

“Impacting whole-school literacy at Cardiff High School”

Implemented in 2014, Cardiff High School adopted the program to support their English Language program, improve literacy levels and encourage reading.

“Since we implemented Star and Accelerated reader, students have been more independent with their reading, more excited about it, and we have been given the means to find new strategies to monitor, reward and celebrate reading. “

– Laura Cope, Leader of Literacy


Read the full success story here

Children are ‘more likely to become lifelong readers’ at White Rose Primary School

Just two months after their initial implementation of Accelerated Reader, White Rose, based in Caerphilly, have already seen changes in reading engagement.

“Children are seeing reading becoming easier for them. It’s much easier to get them reading: they know that they can read and they understand the books they are selecting. I think we’re much likelier to see lifelong readers as a result.”

– Michelle Morgan, LANCo


Read the full success story here

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Receive your £20 book token when you recommend a friend

Receive a FREE £20 National Book Token when you recommend Renaissance products to another school. If that school comes on board, you will receive a further £30 book token.

More helpful resources for your school

What Kids Are Reading in Wales

Every year, Renaissance publishes a list of popular authors and the top 20 book titles that are being quizzed by children in the UK. Have a look at what children are reading in Wales

See Top Books read by Children in Wales

Preparing for national assessment

Paper-based National reading and maths tests are set to be replaced by online computer-adaptive assessments.

Learn more about how Star Assessments can prepare you for the challenges of national assessment in Wales.

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Events in Wales

From webinars and workshops to exhibitions and more – We host free customer events across Wales throughout the year, showing you how to use Accelerated Reader and Star Assessments effectively in your school in order to improve student performance.

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Book a free online demonstration of Accelerated Reader or Star Assessments

Please use the form below to arrange an online demonstration with a member of our team.

Depending on your choice, you will be introduced to the key features of Accelerated Reader or Star Assessments, and have the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have about the product. The demo will last approximately 30 minutes.

More information on assessment and practice solutions from Renaissance

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