Epping Primary School

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Growth Mindset

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in years of research on achievement and success. It is a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work (brains and talent are just the starting point). This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

At Epping Primary School we have used science and research to review our way of teaching and learning. Staff, pupils and parents/carers have learnt how a growth mindset and praise for effort can improve outcomes for all.

The following YouTube links will take you to videos that explain growth mindset and praise in more detail.

Science:  Your brain

Research:  Carol Dweck's video

Practice:  Austin's Butterfly


So how does all this translate into the classroom?

  • Pupils are taught skills through a starred or challenge based system.
  • They are praised for their effort, strategies used and progress made.
  • They are trained experts in giving and receiving effective feedback.
  • They practise skills until they master them.

If you require any more information on this subject please contact Ms Abel, Deputy Head, via the school office.

Growth Mindset

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See also the Governors' Information for Parents/Carers page