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Growth Mindset

At St Nicholas CE Primary School, we first introduced and promoted the concept of Growth Mindset in September 2016. It is now firmly embedded with all children in all classrooms.

Central to this attitude and approach to learning are the theories and proven evidence of Growth Mindset. This is a term coined by psychologist Carol Dweck and her research has identified the characteristics of learners with a fixed and a growth mindset.

Key aspects of Growth Mindset
  • We value the learning that results from making mistakes
  • We never give up and persevere
  • We ask for help and learn from each other
  • We challenge ourselves and take risks

Our favourite Growth Mindset quotes

"It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop." Confucius

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." Theodore Roosevelt

"Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." Joshua J. Marine

The following video explains the concept in more detail:


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