National Conference on Accelerating Learning Offers New Insight into "What Kids Are Reading"

Supported by Renaissance Learning, the National Conference on Accelerating Learning addresses the key issues of literacy and numeracy in UK schools - and this years sees the official launch of the "What Kids Are Reading" report.

[UKPRwire, Thu Sep 25 2008] Since its foundation in 2007, the National Conference on Accelerating Learning, supported by Renaissance Learning, provides a focal point for everyone with a keen interest in promoting literacy and numeracy in UK schools. From teaching professionals to Bursars, Librarians and ICT Coordinators - this two-day event at the Radisson SAS Hotel, Stansted, offers something for everyone from Thursday 9th October 2008.

In addition to a series of seminars from keynote speacker, such as Theresa Breslin, Carnegie Medal winning writer and G.P. Taylor of 'Shadowmancer' fame - Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, will be launching the "What Kids Are Reading" report on the second day of the event.

Using Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader(1) (AR) program, the reading habits of over 29,000 Year 3-11 pupils have been analysed. The report also examines the reading differences between year groups and gender, and has produced some interesting and surprising results.

Release date: 09/10/2008 Ends Ref: RL00011

Notes to Editors

1. Currently used in over 2,000 UK schools, AR is an accurate and continuous progress-monitoring system that measures both the quantity and quality of individual book reading.

Members of the press are invited to attend the conference (please note that the report will be officially released on the second day, Friday 10th October), and will have the opportunity to meet and talk with key speakers, such as Jonathan Douglas and G.P. Taylor. Anyone interested in attending should contact Gareth Andrews at Renaissance Learning.

About Renaissance Learning UK Limited

Renaissance Learning UK Limited is a subsidiary of Renaissance Learning Inc, a company founded in Wisconsin (USA) in 1986. Renaissance Learning UK Ltd is a leading provider of educational solutions to primary and secondary schools across the United Kingdom.

Adopted by more than 73,000 schools Renaissance Learning's advanced technology makes the practice component of a school's reading, maths and writing curriculum more personalised and effective than ever before. The company's hosted and web-delivered Accelerated Reader Advantage and Accelerated Maths Advantage programs are used successfully by well over 100,000 children in the UK every day to help them improve their results and achieve a life-long love of reading.

Renaissance Learning produces software that provides teachers and pupils with immediate access to information on academic performance. This information technology provides timely and reliable feedback that enhances individualised instruction, creating a better learning environment for more motivated pupils.

Renaissance works closely with the National Literacy Trust and Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and is supported by best-selling authors for children, such as Malorie Blackman, Peter J Murray and G.P. Taylor.

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