Growth Mindset

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Our aim for 2016-17, is to ‘lift the lid’ on the achievement and personal development of our students, while continuing to uphold the high standards and expectations. We will be focusing particularly on embedding the Growth Mindset in our students and their attitudes, not only to their learning, but also their personal and social development.

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.

Achievement and success does not just simply depend on a high grade, but also on the determination to learn from mistakes, overcome obstacles, listen to feedback.

Students will be taught to reflect on their learning and identifying personal strategies to support them to achieve. The aim is to encourage students to identify the Growth Mindset skills they can apply to their subjects in order to support them to reach or exceed their end of year outcome objective.

Each term we will focus on specific Growth Mindset skills which are as follows:

Term

Growth Mindset Skill

Autumn term 1

Embracing new challenges

Autumn term 2

Maximising Effort

Spring term 1

Being resilient

Spring term 2

Being resilient

Summer term 1

Learning from feedback

Summer term 2

Celebrating success

The termly focus is designed to instil a ‘personal best’ approach to learning and methodical and manageable strategies for self-improvement.

Teachers will be using the same approach with students through feedback and marking. There is also a school wide focus on praising and acknowledging student effort and attitude to learning. Our entire approach this year is geared to foster resilience, confidence and determination in our students and their own attitude to their achievements.

Please watch this clip in order to get more information on Growth Mindset and the impact it has on raising the achievement of young people.