Growth MindsetGrowth mindset

As a school we believe that we have a duty to stretch and challenge all of our students, regardless of their ability. This is enshrined in the school’s motto of ASPIRE and supports the philosophy of the new Progress 8 measures. We believe in encouraging our students to develop a Growth Mindset and, consequently, we do not believe in labelling any student as ‘gifted & talented’. Instead, all of our students are encouraged to be the best that they can be in all aspects of their school life. The benefits of promoting a Growth Mindset with students are well documented in pedagogical literature, most notably through the work of Professor Carol S. Dweck. Over four decades and countless studies, Carol Dweck and other Mindset researchers including Barry Hymer and Mike Gershon, have provided empirical evidence that people with Growth Mindsets are more:

  • Open to challenges and constructively critical feedbackGrowth MS 5
  • Resilient in the face of obstacles and initial failure
  • Convinced that individual effort makes a difference
  • Likely to attribute success and failure to their own efforts, rather than to their innate abilities
  • Able to learn well with and from others
  • Likely to rise to the top – and stay there

As part of the whole school training programme, staff are organised into five distinct Teaching and Learning Communities (TLCs), namely: Feedback, Questioning, Stretch & Challenge, Memory & Recall and Growth Mindset. The rolling programme allows staff to develop their understanding of strategies to maximise the performance of all of our students. Having been provided with the opportunity to develop their pedagogy in this way, there is an expectation that all staff will:

  • Provide high-challenge tasks to all students
  • Encourage students to embrace failure as a necessary part of learning
  • Celebrate effort and resilience rather than outcomes
  • Provide feedback that keeps learners engaged
  • Provide feedback that helps learners spot weaknesses in their performances
  • Provide feedback that helps learners know when they are getting something right
  • Encourage students to develop metacognition by thinking about their own thinking and learning about their own learning
  • Engage students by asking questions that make them think
  • Use questioning that encourages students to make learning-rich mistakes

Click to read our Developing a Growth Mindset Leaflet

Click to see our Fearless Learners 2017

Click to see our Fearless Learners Screen Presentation shown around school

The links below provide more information about the research behind Growth Einstein Growth MSMindset and provide advice to parents on how you can support your child to develop these positive learning habits.  – ‘You can learn anything’ – ‘Growing your mind’  – ‘Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset’  – ‘Developing a Growth Mindset – Carol Dweck’



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Michael Jordanhoy