Growth Mindset

At Esher Church School we know that children become successful learners and make good progress when they have a positive attitude towards school life and towards their learning.  We encourage our children to develop a ‘growth mindset’ to create an ethos in each classroom in which children have the confidence to learn and explore, without fear of failure.

We teach the children about the brain – that it works by making connections and that the more practice the brain gets the stronger it becomes.  Knowing they will get there in the end helps children to ‘rise to the challenge’ if they find something tricky.

We encourage our children to embrace ‘the power of YET’.  It is never the case that, “I can’t do it”, only that “I can’t do it YET”.  This is a powerful tool in promoting resilience in learning.

We want all our children to relish challenges, embrace mistakes as a positive part of the learning process, value the importance of effort, respond thoughtfully to feedback and take inspiration from others.  This will help them to become confident and resilient learners and achieve, not only with us, but also at secondary school and beyond.

Here you can take a look at the slides that we used for our parent presentations on growth mindset.


Growth Mindset Presentation for Parents and Carers