Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset at West Lodge

At West Lodge School, we know that pupils who have a positive attitude towards their learning will make good progress and be successful. Consequently, instilling all our pupils with 'growth mindsets' is a key priority for the school. We use the theories of Dr Carol Dweck and use this research to help our children fulfil their potential.

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.

We see embracing the growth mindset philosophy as central to the culture at West Lodge 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 parents and staff, 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 West Lodge school, we consistently endeavour to challenge and develop the attitudes of all pupils and staff towards learning by considering what makes a successful learner. We dedicate assemblies to address what kind of learners we want to be and how we can positively approach challenges inside and outside the classroom. The school buzzes with talk of perseverance, challenge, risks and celebrating mistakes. A well-known saying from the film Finding Nemo has become our adopted motto: “Just keep swimming!”

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUWn_TJTrnU

Key aspects of growth mindset at West Lodge:

  • We celebrate making mistakes – we can learn from failure;
  • We never give up – perseverance is the key if we are 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; we can grow our brain