Crofton Junior School

Growth Mindset

Please follow this link to see a Powerpoint presentation which was shown at a Parents' Curriculum Sessions.


Crofton Junior School has seen the implementation of Growth Mindset, where  the theories of DR Carol Dweck have been introduced to staff and pupils. Here pupils are nurtured to have a positive attitude towards their learning and where they strive to make good progress and be successful. Consequently, instilling all our pupils with 'growth mindsets' has become a key priority for our school since September 2017.

We want all our pupils to relish challenges, embrace their mistakes as part of the learning process, value the importance of effort, respond carefully to feedback and take inspiration from others. This will help them to achieve, not only with us, but also in their future lives as adults.

Encouraging children to become confident and resilient learners

  • Learn, explore and grow together. This is what we embed in all of our pupils here at Crofton Junior School. We know that in order to fulfil the potential of our pupils and encourage them to become confident and resilient learners we, as a team of staff and parents, need to be modelling the mindset of a learner who is not afraid of making mistakes but who thrives upon them, knowing that this is all part of the learning process. The way in which we encourage children to learn and explore is vital to their success, not only at school but at home as well.
  • At Crofton, we consistently strive to challenge and develop the attitudes of all pupils and staff towards learning by considering what makes a successful learner. We have dedicated sessions in class to address what kind of learners we want to be and how we can positively approach challenges inside and outside the classroom.
  • Central to this attitude and approach to learning, are the theories and proven evidence of Growth Mindset. This is a term coined by psychologist Carol Dweck and her research has identified the characteristics of learners with a fixed and a growth mindset:

The following video explains the concept in more detail:

Key aspects of growth mindset at Crofton Junior School:

We celebrate making mistakes – because we can learn from them;

We never give up – perseverance is the key to succeed;

We learn from each other;

We don’t compare ourselves with others;

We challenge ourselves and take risks;

We remember that our brains are making new connections and growing all the time.

For further information on how to encourage confident and resilient learners at home, have a look at some of the links below.