Growth Mindset and Learning Powers
At Mandeville Primary School, we help children to develop a growth mindset and eight learning powers so they can become successful lifelong learners.
Fixed and Growth Mindsets
The belief that your intelligence is limited is a critical barrier to having a growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe that they are born with a certain amount of intelligence and that it is fixed for the rest of their lives. People with a growth mindset, however, know that intelligence is not fixed and that their brain grows new cells when they learn new information and skills.
If you have a fixed mindset, you:
A child with a fixed mindset is likely to plateau early and achieve less than his/her full potential.
If you have a growth mindset, you:
A child with a growth mindset is likely to reach ever-higher levels of achievement.
It is essential that pupils understand that the brain can be developed like a muscle, changing and growing stronger the more it is used.
Meta-cognition is the term used to describe learning about learning, or what learning consists of.
When tasks are more complex for a pupil, the quality of meta-cognitive skills rather than intellectual ability is the main determinant of learning outcomes. Learning powers provide children with the tools to be able to talk about and understand their learning, giving them a shared language. A synthesis of these learning powers from a number of well-known educationalists reveals eight.
It is essential that pupils identify and extend their learning powers in the same way they would an academic skill.
Miss Kara Hales, Headteacher, was interviewed by 'The Exchange' the 'Herts for Learning' newspaper for schools in February 2016.
The Exchange Article, please see below:
The Exchange Newspaper, please see below:
Assessment for Learning
At Mandeville Primary we believe that effective assessment as part of on-going teaching and learning, with the active involvement of pupils, is a powerful means of improving learning and raising standards. Assessment for learning involves:
We have previously worked with Shirley Clarke (educationalist) and the Local Authority as an action research ‘Learning Team’; exploring the latest developments in assessment for learning/formative assessment practice.
This approach brings about the very best learning for pupils across the curriculum and helps to develop pupils with lively, enquiring minds and good thinking skills. At Mandeville Primary we encourage all children to be enthusiastic and committed learners and aim to develop their confidence and capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
"Pupils' personal development and well-being are outstanding. They develop respect both for themselves and others, and acquire skills such as reflection, independence and decision making. Staff are skilful in meeting pupils' learning needs to enable them to make excellent progress. The school's focus is rightly on the quality of learning, which is truly exceptional. This is the result of outstanding teaching. Teachers are adept at planning exactly the right small steps in each aspect of learning and are ably supported by well-trained learning support assistants. The care, guidance and support for pupils is also of the highest quality. Each and every pupil who is in danger of falling behind, or who has particular needs is identified and given appropriate support." (Ofsted Inspection Report, 2009)