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Growth Mindset

 At Gade Valley, we are very passionate about developing pupils as learners – promoting growth mindsets is central to this.


A growth mindset is a belief that intelligence, ability and talent can be developed.  The key principles include: understanding that your brain can grow; knowing that effort is important; making mistakes is a part of learning; facing challenges will move you out of your comfort into the learning zone; and perseverance is very important to overcome obstacles.


Fixed Mindset

  • I like my work to be easy 
  • I don’t like to try a challenge 
  • I want people to praise me for how clever I am 
  • I believe I cannot change how clever I am 
  • I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it 
  • I will only have a go if I think that I will succeed
  • I give up easily


Growth Mindset

  • I never give up 
  • I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning 
  • I love challenges 
  • I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work 
  • I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard 
  • I feel clever when I’m learning something new
  • I learn from my mistakes 


Some key aspects of Growth Mindset at Gade Valley School

  • We remember it’s always OK to make mistakes – we learn from them
  • We never give up! We try a different approach, or use a different strategy
  • We don’t compare ourselves with others, but we do learn from others
  • We challenge ourselves – which really helps us make progress
  • We take risks – we don’t limit ourselves by taking the easy option
  • We join in as much as possible – and we learn much more by being involved
  • We remember that mastering something new feels so much better than doing something you can already do
  • We remember that the brain is making new connections all the time – the only thing you need to know is that you can learn anything


How you can help at home

  • Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are; 
  • Talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle - the more they use it, the stronger it gets; 
  • Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult; 
  • Challenge your children to try something new or challenging.


If you like to know more please speak to your child's class teacher.  

To see examples of growth mindset development, please visit the Growth Mindset page on the 'Curriculum Blogs' section.