Accelerated Reader


At Bishopton we believe that reading is an important part of our curriculum and it has many benefits.

What are the benefits of reading?

  • Strong links between reading for pleasure and education outcomes.
  • Increased empathy.
  • Improved relationships with others.
  • Reductions in symptoms of depression and stress.
  • Lower instances of dementia later in life.
  • Sense of connectedness to wider community and even the wider world.
  • Increased sense of achievement.
  • Greater self-awareness and critical thinking skills.

A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Every half term a total word count is collated so each pupil can see how many words they have read. The tutor group with the most ‘words read’ are given a reward and a certificate.

Valuable data

AR 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

Star Reader

Pupils take a STAR Reading test to access their reading level. The results of this assessment provide valuable information for teachers. The STAR test results include a Reading Age, English National Curriculum Level for Reading and a recommendation of the ideal readability level of books each pupil should read at, called a ZPD.

Pupils then choose and read a book from the school library at around the beginning of their own ZPD range. Once they have finished, they go to the website, Renaissance Place, and take an Accelerated Reader quiz on the book. Their percentage correct score and the points that awarded for passing a quiz are highly motivating for pupils. Teachers give pupils praise for achievement and decide on incentives and rewards. With staff guidance and reviewing their latest score, pupils then make an informed decision about the next book to choose.