More Able and Motivated
Monkston Primary School has devised a programme to establish a clear and consistent approach to helping more able and highly motivated pupils achieve their full potential. We have added the term ‘motivated’ to the well know n'gifted and talented' title, since we believe that, in order for extra provision to have any significant impact, a pupil must wholeheartedly commit, or ‘buy into’, the programme. We fully appreciate that the role of teachers is to motivate pupils and that is what we seek to do every day in every lesson for every pupil. However, some pupils respond better than others to our attempts and a pupil would need to have developed a strong degree of self-motivation before being considered eligible for the extra provision outlined below.
What is a ‘more able and motivated’ pupil?
By ‘more able and motivated’, we simply mean a pupil who has demonstrated clearly above average ability in a particular area [see below] and is judged by their class teacher to demonstrate a high level of self-motivation in that area. Currently, we have 6 main areas of focus:
In future, this list may expand to include other curriculum areas.
Inevitably the self-motivation of a child is a difficult area to judge, so class teachers first produce a provisional list of pupils on the basis of ability and then conduct brief interviews with selected pupils to determine whether or not they have sufficient motivation to benefit from the ‘More Able and Motivated’ programme. Lists will be updated – i.e. with names added or deleted – every July, before the children start their new year group, enabling their current class teachers to use their knowledge of the children's ability to ensure a solid judgement. Parents of identified pupils will be informed in writing in the new academic year.
Please see our policy below for more details on our current provision.
The Monkston More Able and Motivated Fair!
Every year, we hold our annual More Able and Motivated Fair (at the end of the spring term) in order for the More Able and Motivated groups to showcase their work and have an opportunity to share their knowledge and passion for their chosen subject. All children in the school get an opportunity to come along, during the school day, and visit the fair in their classes and see for themselves what the groups have been studying the year. Its always a highlight for all, seeing outstanding examples of writing, maths investigative work, science projects, musical creations and new sports or activities devised by the PE group.
ALL parents are welcome to come along and see these amazing projects and creations for themselves at after school on the day of the fair.
Watch this space for updates and photographs from our 2019 More Able and Motivated Fair, happening on Wednesday 3rd April!