Head of School

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Tara Hewett, Head of School

Week 6, Term 1 Oct 2018

As stated in my previous message, as a school we are working with all the children to develop a growth mindset. Below is further information related to mindset which I hope you will find informative.

It’s thought that most children naturally have a growth mindset, but their experiences at home or school can change this. ‘At around the age of four, children realise that people are making judgements about their ability, and start making self-judgements as a result,’ explains Dr. Hoskins.

One of the most important things you can do to help your child develop a growth mindset is to think about the language you use around them. Using fixed language, like, ‘You’re so good at drawing,’ or, ‘Don’t worry – you’re just not very good at maths’ can lead to children developing a fixed mindset where they don’t believe they can change, grow and improve.

Research suggests that the best methods to allow youngsters to believe in their ability to grow are as follows :

  • being open and frank about growth i.e. making everyone aware of what they can achieve by adopting the mindset.
  • using feedback and praise designed to promote and highlight their ability to grow through effort, planning and commitment.
  • showing pupils that you can achieve more through training and effort. Giving clear and inspirational examples of others who have used their Growth mindset to great effect.
  • the opportunity for pupils to think about strategies to use to overcome set- backs and problems so that they can succeed.

As you can imagine, hearing a consistent message in this approach is crucial to success therefore, staff in the school will be adopting these methods as often as possible. However, it is important that the same message is heard at home so we would encourage parents to try to engage their children with these themes.

I look forward to seeing you at the Harvest Festival on Tuesday 16th October at 10.00am. The service will be led by class 1 and class 6.

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