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Growth Mindset

The first of our major changes is that as a whole school we are now developing ‘growth mindset’ awareness among both staff and pupils.  It’s an exciting journey that will change the way your children think about their learning and themselves in general.



Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. Mindset is one of those ideas. It explains:

  • Why brains and talent don’t bring success
  • How they can stand in the way of it
  • Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardises them
  • How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises results and productivity
  • What all great CEOs, parents, teachers, athletes know


Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Professor Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.


In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.


In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.


Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.


Here is a link to a short video explaining the Growth Mindset:

Growth Mindset Animation

A Short animation explaining the theory of growth and fixed mindsets. This is a tested and effective way of teaching young people what a fixed mindset is and how we can change that. Many of the messages in this video have been taken from the theorist Carol Dweck.