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Marlow Church of England Infant School

Growth Mindset

The term ‘growth mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges.

A person with a growth mindset learns from their mistakes, takes feedback and uses it, takes on new challenges, pushes themselves outside of their comfort zone and shows resilience and perseverance.

Empower all to be enthusiastic learners

Studies show that it is people with a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) who achieve in life, are successful in all they do and are happy. Of course, this is exactly what we want for all our children. Below is an example of growth mindset vs fixed mindset language.

Key aspects of growth mindset at Sandygate

We have introduced the theories of Dr Carol Dweck to staff and pupils and its ideas are now embedding without our school ethos. At Marlow Church of England Infant School, we already used many strategies to encourage children to have a growth mindset but we hope by having a clear focus on this it will help all children to have a love of learning.

  • 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.