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Our Growth Mindset Ethos

At Hazelbury Primary School, all pupils are taught that everyone can achieve.  We know that children who have a positive attitude to learning will continue to progress and be successful. Learning never stops; with practise, effort and resilience everyone can improve.  However this belief first must come from within.

Having a Growth Mindset enables all, especially our pupils, to improve through challenge and viewing mistakes as a learning opportunity. They take responsibility for the depth of knowledge and understanding they feel most comfortable with at each stage of their learning. We actively encourage pupils to take risks in lessons with the understanding that all successes come from overcoming things that were previously a challenge.

Growth Mindset is a theory founded by Professor Carol Dweck.  It is a belief that a person’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through practice, perseverance, determination and motivation.

We have introduced learning journals that the children complete each week reflecting on the progress. Each term they have a 1:1 conference with their teacher to discuss their progress across the curriculum and to gain a greater understanding of their skills.  Their learning journal foms part of their end of year school report.