Growth Mindset

We are extremely keen to promote growth mindset across Manor Green. Throughout school in general, in classrooms and in weekly assemblies, the children are regularly reminded about the advantages of having a growth mindset.

Growth Mindset Policy: MG Growth Mindset Policy

Here is some information to explain more so that you can help support your child at home.

Experts used to think that our intelligence was fixed – meaning we were either smart or we weren’t. Scientists have proven again and again that simply is not true. Our brain acts like a muscle – the more we use it, the stronger (and smarter) our brain becomes.

Research has shown that children with a growth mindset seek more effective learning strategies, work harder, persevere in the face of setbacks and achieve a higher level of competency.

How can we help our children develop a growth mindset?

Key points for parents/carers

  • Praise carefully – not for intelligence but for effort
  • Encourage deliberate practice and targeted effort
  • Encourage high challenge tasks to grow those brain cells!
  • Discuss errors and mistakes and help your children to see them as opportunities to learn and improve
  • Encourage family discussions about mindset and which mindset they (and you?) are choosing to use
  • Teach children to talk back to their ‘fixed mindset’ internal voice with a ‘growth mindset’ internal voice

“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”  

Carol Dweck (One of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation)