Introduction:

Highweek have ambitious aims for all their students. In 2016, they recognised that although they were fostering a love of learning, their students lacked resilience when faced with challenges.  The leadership team stated; “We didn’t know that we have created a culture of dependency through reinforcing fixed mindsets.  We intend to find out how we can change our mindsets and the mindsets of others to create belief in self and positive aspirations for all.”  Challenging Learning have been proud to work with leaders, coaches and the whole staff on their remarkable journey, focussing on the development of Growth Mindset for all.

 

Observable Impact in Highweek

  • In every classroom, all students are now actively encouraged to make mistakes and talk about them in learning situations, compared with 55% who were encouraged to do this in 2016.
  • In 2016, 53% of students were able to explain the difference between fixed and growth mindsets. During the Mid Term Progress visit in 2017, every student asked was able to explain the difference and were now able to give examples to show their understanding.

  • All students who were asked said they welcomed and enjoyed challenge and saw it as an exciting and positive opportunity for learning – an increase of 20% since 2016.

  • The Learning Pit is used across the school as a metaphor to embrace and work through challenges. This has created a school-wide shared language for describing the process and the dispositions needed for dealing with challenge.
  • In 2016, 50% of students believed that abilities are grown and developed. During the Mid Term Progress visit in 2017 this had increased to 80%.  Students were also able to give reasons why they believed this.

The pie-charts below are illustrative of the progress Highweek staff have made during our time working with them on Mindsets:

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