With a positive reception from staff to the concept of 'Growth Mindset' during several inset sessions, I set out to build on this knowledge and guide staff to put the theory into action.
After attending an advanced Growth Mindset course, I set up a new working party - with staff from a variety of subjects and a spectrum of understanding of GM. I brought them up to speed with the newest research findings and together, with different members of the GM group taking part, we led GM activities in two staff meetings.
We informed staff about relevant research findings - such as particular challenges faced by low ability students ien regard to GM. However the majority of these sessions were getting staff involved through practical tasks. They were asked to think about current practice/wording for report writing and verbal feedback in lessons, and wrote down how they could adapt these responses to have a more GM approach. Using staff ideas from these sessions, we have started to create resources for staff, and through role play activities in our September inset day we hope to further encourage the use of GM language and actions around school.
Additionally the GM group made a bank of posters/quotes which staff voted on, to put up around school, and a student group will be delivering assemblies in September to develop student understanding.
All of these activities seem to have been received positively and are continuing to develop a GM culture at HGS.
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