Where has the idea come from?

Growth Mindset is the idea of Professor Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Dweck has conducted a lifetime's research into mindsets and established an opposition between a fixed mindset (the belief that intelligence is fixed) and a growth mindset (the belief that intelligence can grow). 

You may have heard our children talking recently about how they've been developing a 'Growth Mindset' within school. Each class has been learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults have; a 'fixed' mindset and a 'growth' mindset.

Below is an overview of the traits of each:

How you can encourage a Growth Mindset at home

  • Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things, rather than how clever they are.
  • Explain 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.
  • Let them 'do it for themselves' - even if you can see they're making a mistake.
  • It's okay to make mistakes because we can learn from them.
  • Challenge your children to try something new.

It has been proven 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 intelligence and achieve anything they want!

Growth Mindset


"Unlocking Potential, Providing Opportunities, Achieving Goals"

Remember the power of YET.  I can't tie my shoelaces...YET!

Growth Mindset at Blackwell Primary School