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Growth Mindset

At St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, we know that learners who have a positive attitude towards their learning will make good progress and be successful in their school journey and beyond. Instilling all our pupils with 'growth mindsets' has become a key priority for our school for September 2020 and beyond.


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


Aspire. Believe. Succeed. This is what we embed in all of our pupils here at St Paul’s Catholic Primary 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.


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:


Key aspects of Growth Mindset at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School:


  • We celebrate making mistakes – we can learn from them;
  • 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.


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


What Kind of Mindset do I have?Parents Guide to Growth MindsetHelp Your Child Try New Things5 Tips for Parents and Growth Mindset
Click here for Video Click here for webpage Webpage linkWebpage link


Our ‘Growth Mindset’ learning behaviours will be launched termly to ensure children develop and internalise each characteristic well. These behaviours are displayed in each class with props to remind pupils to practise, make mistakes and keep trying.


Autumn 1

St Paul’s golden rules

Autumn 2

Team Player

Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2