NEW Reading Planet Impact in Schools Study

Since Reading Planet was launched in 2016, we have been keen to understand the impact of the scheme on children's attitudes towards reading and attainment. Our independent researchers held in-depth interviews with teaching staff from 10 of our primary schools, exploring areas such as engagement, vocabulary and phonics.  You can now see the results in our Impact in Schools Study 2020.


Kate Mayhew (School Engagement Manager at Rising Stars) explains:

‘We’d love to tell you about our Reading Planet journey, so that you can see the trialling we have conducted in schools with pupils during each stage of developing Reading Planet components and read about the impact in schools.  At Rising Stars, a great deal of research goes into the development of new resources: research with teachers and pupils, with advisers and experts, before we even embark on researching the best authors for the job. We test the various components of the new resource with pupils and teachers at different development stages, listening to what they tell us and making improvements along the way to make sure the resources facilitate learning and best practice in the most appealing way. It is only through pupil and teacher involvement at development stages and beyond that we can fine-tune our resources and be confident of successful impact on pupils’ learning.’

We would like to  thank  the schools that participated in Reading Planet research and feedback: 

  • Ancaster CE Primary School, nr Grantham

  • Downsway Primary School, Reading 

  • Ferry Lane Primary School, London

  • Foxborough Primary School, Slough

  • Griffin Park Primary School, Blackburn

  • St Barnabas CE First and Middle School, Pershore

  • Tranmoor Primary School, Doncaster

  • Wilton CE Primary School, Wiltshire

Read the Impact in Schools Study here.

If you would like to share your experiences of using Reading Planet, or if you are interested in helping with research or trialling of future products, please contact Kate Mayhew at


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