Growth Mindset at Middlethorpe


Welcome to the Middlethorpe Growth Mindset page. We know at Middlethorpe Primary Academy that children who have a positive attitudes towards their learning will make good progress and be successful. We want children to value and enjoy their learning, to learn from their mistakes and to relish challenges. Therefore, introducing our children to ‘growth mindsets’ is a key priority for the academy for September 2017 and beyond. We have introduced the theories of Dr Carol Dweck to staff and pupils and are determined to embed its ideas within our school ethos. We hope this will help you to support positive attitudes towards learning and high self-esteem in children at home, just as we are doing in school.

What Is Growth Mindset?
The term ‘growth mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A person with a growth mindset is open to constructive criticism, takes feedback and uses it, takes on new challenges, pushes themselves outside of their comfort zone and shows resilience and perseverance.
Studies show that it is people with a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) who achieve in life, are successful in all they do and are happy. Of course, this is exactly what we want for all our children.

Growth Mindset at Middlethorpe

  • We try a different approaches and strategies instead of giving up
  • We learn from each other
  • We don’t compare ourselves with others, but we are inspired by others
  • We challenge ourselves
  • It’s always OK to make mistakes – we learn from them!
  • We take risks – we don’t limit ourselves by taking the easy option
  • We join in as much as possible – and we learn much more by being involved
  • We remember that mastering something new feels so much better than doing something you can already do
  • We remember that the brain is making new connections all the time – the only thing you need to know is that you can learn anything!


Growth Mindset in the Classroom

To help children talk and think about growth mindsets we need to give them growth mindsets vocabulary. This includes words and phrases such as: determination, resilience, persistence and perseverance which link with our BLP (Building Learning Powers).  You can find out more about Building Learning Powers here:

Over time, the aim is to help children adopt growth mindset keywords and phrases. They will then be able to use these to think and talk about themselves and their work. Here are some of the phrases you will hear in the classroom:

Growth Mindset Talk Phrases

An inspirational story about optimism, perseverance and a growth mindset

An Introduction to Understanding Mindset

A  presentation for parents