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Background to Growth Mindset

Over the past few years, the term ‘Growth Mindset’ has become increasingly used in education. Through decades of research, Dr Carol Dweck has shown that what people believe about their abilities significantly impacts on their learning and personal accomplishment.

Led by Deborah Setters and Tim Walters, Vauvert Primary School in Guernsey has taken a journey to build Growth Mindset through its core, like a stick of rock. Pupils, staff and parents have a sound understanding of mindset theory and the behaviours that come from the different mindsets. Since 2017, Growth Mindset has been used to inform almost every element of how the school functions. A myriad of aspects including assessment, performance management, feedback and marking, mental health and wellbeing, attendance, celebration assemblies, and teaching and learning policies have fallen under the Growth Mindset microscope.

In producing ‘Growth Mindset – From Roots to Roses’ Tim and Deborah have created a resource for current and aspiring school leaders. It tracks the process by which congruence between the theory of Growth Mindset and a whole school culture has been achieved.

If you want to do the same, this book will be for you!

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