Growth Mindset

You may have heard our children talking recently about how they've been developing a 'Growth Mindset' at school. Every class has been looking at and learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults can have, a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset. 

We will be adding information, videos and examples of our children's work in embedding growth mindset on this page in the coming months. But for now a brief introduction would be to explain the traits of each of the mindsets below:

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 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 

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! 

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. 

Growth mindset originated in scientific research by Carol Dweck and a link to videos so that you can find out more are available on this page.

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Contact the School

Bretherton Endowed CE Primary School

South Road,
PR26 9AH

Headteacher & SENDCO | Mrs A Moxham

School Office Contact:

Mrs Paula Carlyon (Bursar) | Mrs Chrissy Mitchell (Business Support Officer)

NB: All documentation is in PDF format and is downloadable, however, if you require paper copies, please contact the School Office Manager