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At STM we aim for high quality teaching and learning. This relies on effective assessment, underpinned by our inclusive values, to empower everyone to thrive and achieve. We use assessment as a tool to understand children's starting points and use this information to provide learning opportunities that build upon prior skills and knowledge for all.
Robust assessment systems are used to identify gaps and misconceptions that can be quickly addressed through whole class, small group and focussed teaching. Furthermore, our assessments are used to stretch, challenge and provide mastery in the curriculum.
Our assessment approach has the children at its heart. We focus heavily on reflective self and peer assessment so each child feels empowered and has ownership of their own learning journey.
We value our pupils' views and and we endeavour to give all children lots of opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions. In this way we support our pupils to play an active role in the decisions that affect their learning and well-being.
We have lots of ways that the children can do this formally, such as through the Eco-Council, Sports Ambassadors, Junior Leadership Team, pupil questionnaires and writing their own school newspaper. However we also want to create a culture that allows children to regularly share their opinions in an informal way, in class, with subject leaders and with the SLT. Teachers collect pupil voice which helps us to evaluate the quality of learning that has been achieved from specific events and experiences- see the following examples
1. pupil voice local democracy Year 5