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Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset

Professor Carol Dweck, an American psychologist, found out that children (and grown ups) with a growth mindset believe abilities can be developed through effort, persistence, trying different ways of doing things and very importantly learning from mistakes. 


Have you ever said 'I can't do that!' or 'I'm not good at this!'?  Then that's a fixed mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe that our abilities are fixed traits; something that you are born with and that you can’t do anything about.


At St James we believe in a GROWTH MINDSET where we say 'I can't do that YET' or 'I'm not  good at this YET'.  We believe that achievement takes hard work and lots of effort and if we believe we can we will.  So next time something is tricky remember to use that important word:




Have you received a 'Great Growth Mindset' award this term?  If you have then you have been remembering to persevere when things are tricky and to try to reach for the stars.

Learning Behaviours


To help us reach our goals we try to have good learning behaviours.  


Seeking a challenge



Learning from mistakes

Having a go



Helping others



We have looked at some stories in our assemblies to help us to remember to have that Growth Mindset.  Here are some of the stories we have looked at:




How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids
The Dot (Creatrilogy)
How to Catch a Star
Have you seen our Growth Mindset displays in each classroom?
Too hard?  What can help you?
Reach for the stars!
Mistakes help us learn!