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Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset


The term ‘Growth Mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges.


A person with a Growth Mindset:

· is open to constructive criticism;

· takes on new challenges;

· (crucially) believes they can get more intelligent by working hard;

· shows resilience and perseverance;

· and learns from their mistakes.


Research shows that having a Growth Mindset can improve children's progress and attainment. As a result, we are teaching our children that by having a Growth Mindset, they can grow their brains and their intelligence!


The language we use as teachers and parents is very important in developing a child's mindset. For example, hearing an adult say that they are 'no good at maths' or 'don't have a maths brain' is very damaging – we want our children at Clerkenwell to know that with effort and hard work, they can improve at ANYTHING!


How you can help at home:

· Praise the amount of effort your child is putting in rather than how clever they are.

· Talk to your child about their brain being like a muscle - the more they exercise it, the stronger it gets.

· Encourage your child to persevere if they are finding something difficult.