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Growth Mindset

At Henry Cavendish Primary School, we know that pupils who have a positive attitude towards their learning will make good progress and be successful. Consequently, instilling all our pupils with 'Growth Mindsets' is a key priority for the school and is embedded in our teaching and learning. We discuss and explore the theories of Dr Carol Dweck in assemblies and encourage pupils, staff and patents to invest in these theories. 


We want all our pupils to relish challenges, embrace their mistakes as part of the learning process, value the importance of effort, respond carefully to feedback and take inspiration from others. This will help them to achieve, not only with us, but also in their future lives as adults.


Key aspects of Growth Mindset Henry Cavendish Primary School:

  • We celebrate making mistakes – we can learn from them
  • We never give up – perseverance is the key if we are to succeed
  • We learn from each other
  • We don’t compare ourselves with others
  • We challenge ourselves and take risks
  • We remember that our brains are making new connections and growing all the time


We are very proud of the Growth Mindset culture we have developed at Henry Cavendish Primary School.


The following video explains the concept in more detail.


Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

There are two types of mindsets we can cultivate. One that embraces problems as opportunities to learn, and one that avoids them, often out of fear to fail. People that avoid conflicts can be described as having a fixed mindset. Those who see problems as interesting challenges have a growth mindset.

For further information on how to encourage confident and resilient learners at school and at home, have a look at some of the links below.


Growth Mindset Parenting

Growth Mindset Tips for Parenting

Help your child try new things


Growth Mindset for students

Episode 1: A Secret about the Brain Visit https://www.classdojo.com/BigIdeas/ to find the full series and many wonderful resources, including discussion guides for each video! In this five episode video series on Growth Mindset, two monsters named Mojo and Katie explore the different aspects of growth mindset so that teachers and students everywhere can learn about it together in their classrooms! This series has been developed by ClassDojo in collaboration with Stanford University's PERTS lab.

Growth Mindset for students - Episode 1/5