Focus Skills

Available exclusively from Renaissance, Focus Skills™ are—simply put—the building blocks of student learning. Based on extensive research into how learning progresses in reading and maths from Reception to Year 11, Focus Skills provide a roadmap for closing learning gaps for all students.


Focus Skills are fundamental to students’ understanding, involving concepts that students must master to advance to the next step.


As Focus Skills are pre-requisites for future learning, focusing teaching on these skills provides the greatest impact on student progress.


Focus Skills are identified through a detailed study of the National Curriculum in England and reflect the year-level expectations.

NEW Focus Skills Teacher Workbooks coming soon!

Our expert team are currently updating the Focus Skills Teacher Workbooks for Literacy and Maths, which will soon be available to download for free from this page. Focus Skills form part of the full Learning Progressions for reading and for maths, which were initially built by experts at NFER and are among the many features of Renaissance Star Reading and Renaissance Star Maths. Click here to learn more about these valid, reliable, computer-adaptive assessments.

A growing family of assessment, teaching, practice, and data insight solutions

Our suite of solutions for primary schools in the UK offers streamlined assessment, personalised learning, and reduced teacher workload. With products like Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Star Assessments, myON, Freckle, and Nearpod, teachers can quickly identify learning gaps, tailor instruction, and engage pupils. Our solutions promote equity and inclusivity, bridging the achievement gap and unlocking student potential.

Star Assessments

Computer-adaptive Star Assessments for reading and maths are used by over 7,000 schools across the UK and Ireland

Star Reading

Star Reading is a complete online assessment of your students’ reading growth. It shows you the skills they have mastered aligned with the National Curriculum.

Star Maths

Star Maths is a complete online assessment of your students’ mathematical skills, testing 50 skill areas in ten domains.

Star Early Literacy

Star Early Literacy allows you to accurately and reliably assess 41 skill sets in ten critical literacy and numeracy domains.

Accelerated Reader

Motivate, monitor, and manage student’s independent reading practice with Accelerated Reader and watch as students develop a genuine love for reading.


A multimedia, cross-curricular teaching and learning tool that helps students/pupils acquire the essential skills to become fluent readers.


Deliver engaging, differentiated maths practice and reward achievement.


Get real-time insights into student understanding through interactive lessons, interactive videos, gamification, and activities — all in a single platform.

Renaissance Consultancy

We offer various services, from single-school data insights to whole-trust support. Our mission is to help you implement and embed Renaissance products with success.

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