Renaissance Newsletter

Renaissance Newsletter: Keeping students reading at home

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May 2020

Dear Michelle,
As we enter our 46th day in lockdown, we want to assure you that we are here to help you and your students and will continue to offer uninterrupted access and support for all Renaissance products.
Over the past few weeks, we have really enjoyed seeing all your shared stories of how you are keeping children reading at home with myON. To help keep the nation’s students reading, we are not only offering every school unlimited access to over 7,000 enhanced digital books, but also 5 daily news articles from myON News. It doesn’t matter which, if any, Renaissance solutions you currently use, we are making this valuable resource freely available for the duration of school closure due to COVID-19.  Start reading here
Our 'Renaissance at home' initiative is still going strong, including a series of guides to share with students and parents in order to help facilitate reading for pleasure at home.

And finally, to help ensure you are maximising your Renaissance solution during school closures, we are offering all customers a free 45-minute session on a first-come, first-served basis. Book in your free session.

Limited free access to books and articles from myON and myON News

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myON by Renaissance offers a personalised digital reading experience for students of all ages and abilities, and a host of literacy tools and homework features.


For the duration of unexpected school closures in the UK and Ireland due to COVID-19, we are offering free access to 7,000 enhanced digital books – as well as 5 daily news articles in 3 languages (English, French, Spanish) with myON News.



Full access to myON can bring you even more:

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Free access gives you a taste of what myON and myON News can offer you and your students, but full access brings you even more - including:

  • Accelerated Reader quizzes
  • Live data on reading performance
  • Projects tool - Create lessons as simple as reading one or more books



Free ‘Renaissance at home’ support from our expert coaches

To help ensure you are maximising your Renaissance solution during school closure, we are offering all customers a free 45-minute session on a first-come, first-served basis.


During this session, our expert coaches will ensure your site is set up for AR quizzing from home, share best practices and introduce you to 7,000 myON books we’re making freely available to all schools for the duration of closure due to COVID-19. Other areas covered include Home Connect, non-fiction articles and using myON Projects to support distance learning.

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Continual Learning and Assessment Solution for MATs

During these unprecedented times, we want to support schools and trusts in providing students with uninterrupted access to our full suite of tried-and-tested practice and assessment solutions.


CLAS includes access to all current and future Renaissance products and solutions, including Accelerated Reader, myON and Star Assessments – and support from our implementation specialists – for a monthly fee.


New | Collins Big Cat Phonics Accelerated Reader Collection 2020-90 Titles

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Ensure all pupils progress from decoding words to reading fluently and for pleasure with this Big Cat Phonics pack from ARB Books:

  • Complete practice of the required phonemes through fiction and non-fiction readers linked to the Letters and Sounds Phases
  • Develop a love of reading with engaging books supported by high-quality illustrations and photographs

Read: A new Trust-wide reading culture

Charnwood College is secondary academy part of The David Ross Education Trust. With a higher-than-average proportion of Free School Meal pupils, they rolled out Accelerated Reader and Star Reading to improve reading levels and develop a love of reading for all pupils across the trust.


We spoke to Lara Morley, Lead Practitioner in English and Lucy Brotherhood, TA/Temporary Librarian, to get their view on why Renaissance has worked so well for Charnwood College.


Join us for #RenaissanceSpace

Join us as we host our fortnightly Twitter chat on the 13th May at 1:30pm using #RenaissanceSpace, and talk about all things Renaissance – from hints, tips and ideas to best practices for success – and everything in between!


We will be revealing the topics and questions we’ll be covering closer to the event via our @RenLearnUK and @AccReader Twitter accounts.

Webinars: The new Twilight Zone?

As you might expect, we’ve upped our webinar offering recently! Since schools closed, we’ve hosted several for different audiences. As we juggle working from home, taking care of our families, schools’ expectations, and who-even-knows what else, now’s the time to boldly go where you’ve never gone before: into the world of webinars! 


Share your reading at home stories on Social Media!

We've really enjoyed reading how teachers and parents are motivating children to read on Twitter these past couple of weeks! If you haven't already, feel free to tweet us on how you're encouraging students to continue reading during school closures. Follow us on social media here!

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Useful resources & FAQs

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Top Tip of the Month!

Although it is not compulsory to quiz, you may be interested to see who is and who isn’t quizzing at home. Don’t forget to check the AR Diagnostic Report to find out and maybe you can make some suggestions to their reading choices.


Latest Quizzes for Accelerated Reader

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  • LY: Coronavirus: A Book For Children by Various authors (Nosy Crow) #238077
  • MY: Heartsong by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Orchard Books) #230116
  • MY+: Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties by Humza Arshad and Henry White (Puffin) #238039
  • UY: The Institute by Stephen King (Hodder and Stoughton) #237900



Customer Help & Support


Customer support teams: 


Though we have strongly encouraged our employees in the UK, Ireland and our other offices across the world to temporarily work from home, our customer support teams are available to you as always.


You can reach our team of support experts at +44 (0)20 7184 4000, or through Live Chat and email.

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Do you have outstanding training?
Following the recent school closures across the country, the training team at Renaissance are still available to deliver training to your school and staff during this busy and turbulent time.
Our training is delivered online, so we can also support your school by running these sessions with a number of teachers who may be in school or based at home.

Renaissance’s Data Integration (RDI) Services

The first MAT Dashboards for Star Assessments and Accelerated Reader are now available. To learn more about the new Renaissance Questa Dashboard, which helps put data from Renaissance products in context with other factors, please click the button. 




If you like us, tell your friends!

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If you recommend a Renaissance product (Accelerated Reader, myON, Accelerated Maths or Star Assessments) to another school, we will send you a £20 National Book Token!


If that school later comes on board with the product, you are entitled to receive an additional book token worth £30.


So get started and recommend a friend today!






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