Growth Mindset

Growth mindset refers to a learning theory developed by Dr Carol Dweck. It revolves around the belief that you can improve intelligence, ability and performance. The opposite, a fixed mindset, refers to the belief that a person’s talents are set in stone. Years of research have shown that mindset is malleable. This means that by helping children to develop a growth mindset, we can help them to learn more effectively and efficiently.  When children believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.

Recent advances in neuroscience have shown us that the brain is far more malleable than we ever knew. Research has shown how connectivity between neurons can change with experience. With practice, neural networks grow new connections, strengthen existing ones, and build insulation that speeds transmission of impulses. These discoveries have shown us that we can increase our neural growth by the actions we take, such as using good strategies, asking questions, practising, and following good nutrition and sleep habits.

As a school we are committed to providing our children with as many opportunities as possible to develop a growth mindset.  Mike Mullen, a former BMX world champion, came in to our school to deliver whole school assemblies to both children and parents.  He also ran workshops for some of our classes.  Please see some of the slides opposite, which were provided by Mike.

With thanks to Mike Mullen for running growth mindset sessions with us.  Please visit his website for more information:

Overview of Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck including using effort praise

Growth Mindset Animation Tortoise & Hare 

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