Growth Mindset

At Park Hill Junior School we use a Growth Mindset approach to our learning.  We have been looking at and learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults can have, a ‘fixed’ mindset and a ‘growth’ mindset.

Below is an overview of the traits of each:

Fixed Mindset

Growth Mindset

I like my work to be easy

I don’t like to try a challenge

I want people to praise me for how clever I am

I believe I cannot change how clever I am

I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it

I give up easily

I never give up

I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning

I love challenges

I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work

I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard

I feel clever when I’m learning something new

I learn from my mistakes

It has been proven that having a Growth Mindset can improve children’s progress and attainment. As a result, we are teaching our children that by having a Growth Mindset they can grow their brains and intelligence and achieve anything they want!
How you can help at home 
  • Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are;
  • Talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle - the more they use it, the stronger it gets;
  • Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult;
  • Challenge your children to try something new or challenging.
  • Watch the videos about Growth Mindset together available on this website.


Videos  to explain more. 

This first video provides a really good explanation about our brains and how they work. It provides an overview of Growth Mindset and how we can change our brain to be stronger.  Click here for video 1.

Here is a short, simple video for children explaining all about Growth Mindset.  Click here for video 2.

This video explains different types of thinking and how our brain processes different types of information.  Click here for video 3.