SEN Co-Ordinator at St Louis, Ms Gemma Finn is delighted to announce the start of the Accelerated Reader Programme at St Louis for all First Years and for students with learning support hours.

At its heart, Renaissance Accelerated Reader is simple. Its aim is to engage students, motivate reading practice and improve reading progress. The girls will read a book, take an online quiz, and get immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. A whole team of St Louis teachers spent time learning about the programme in order to help with the rollout of this programme.


Valuable data

Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.

A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.

The interactive Reading Dashboard allows staff to see how well students are performing at class, group and individual level. It brings together data from the Accelerated Reader and the Renaissance Star Reading assessment to allow teachers to diagnose problems and inform intervention programmes.


Accelerated Reader produces “particularly positive effects” according to an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Durham University.

“The internet-based programme increased the reading age of pupils by three additional months in just 22 weeks. The effect on low-income pupils was even greater, with their reading age improving by five additional months in the same amount of time.”

We look forward to seeing these same positive effects on our students here at St Louis.