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The growth mindset in key stage 2: Part 1

In the first of a four-part series, Ross McWilliam looks at the growth mindset theory in action at key stage 2 and discusses implementing ‘starter’ growth mindset approaches

By now, most schools will be aware of the concept of growth mindset. Equally, you may well have implemented aspects of growth mindset either across classroom teaching or via school-specific cross-curricular methods. Some may well have a whole-school approach that involves parents and outside agencies. Wherever you are on the awareness and implementation of growth mindset, here are some thoughts that may help you along the way.

Within this four-part series, I will detail the key considerations of implementing a growth mindset policy, with some practical tips about what schools can do at pupil level, classroom/cross-curricular level, and for a whole-school approach. A successful growth mindset strategy will actively involve all stakeholders: outside agencies, partners, parents and staff. It will also allow for regular “tweaks” in the performance and review of the strategy.

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