7. Growth Mindset for Success


Having a growth mindset has been shown to aid learning and increase performance. Understanding that intelligence can be developed through practice has been shown through the research of Professor Carol Dweck and these lessons take you on a journey through her findings and in a way that avoids the misunderstandings and pitfalls that she also sets out.


7.1 – Your Mindset

What is mindset, why is it important, measuring your mindset and the characteristics of high achievers.

7.2 – Fixed or Growth Mindset?

What is the difference between a Fixed and Growth Mindset and why what you say to yourself really matters?

7.3 – It’s OK to Fail

Understanding that you have a choice about how you think, why it’s OK to make mistakes and fail and what are you prepared to try.

7.4 – Growth Mindset Neuroscience

The science behind Growth Mindset and showing students they grow their brain as they learn and how they can best put this into practice.

7.5 – Looking After Your Brain

To help learning it is important to look after your brain and to understand the impact that working memory will have on your learning and performance.

7.6 – Your Strengths

Understanding what a strength is, why it is helpful to know what they are, how to find and use them.

7.7 – GROW Your Mindset

Sharing a framework that students can use to help grow their Growth Mindset, and introducing them to the three levels of goal setting.

7.8 – Practise, Practise, Practise

Asking your students to show and tell something they are good at, how it makes them feel and how competent they were when they started. To then use this to think about applying the same process to something they find difficult.

7.9 – Growth Mindset Feedback

Why feedback is so important and how students can effectively give and receive feedback, including being able to give themselves advice.

7.10 – Embedding Your Growth Mindset

Understanding how we learn most effectively, revisiting the key learning from the Growth Mindset lessons and asking students to teach about Growth Mindset.


Each detailed lesson plan can be adapted to meet your needs. You can use the lesson plans fully or take some of the exercises included and add them to your own lessons…the choice is yours.



Having undertaken these lessons the students will understand

  • The importance of mindset and the difference between a Growth and Fixed Mindset
  • That it is OK to make mistakes and ‘fail’, as long as they learn from them
  • How the brain changes as they learn and how to best take advantage of this to improve their enjoyment, performance and results
  • The impact of working memory on learning and performance
  • That they can improve their results in any area where they choose to focus, whatever their current performance
  • That effort and practice is needed to master any subject, knowledge or skill
  • How to use their strengths to improve their motivation and results
  • A framework they can use to GROW their mindset
  • The little used three levels of goal setting that will help them achieve the things they want
  • The importance of feedback and how they can effectively give and receive it


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All lessons have been written to be delivered in one or more hour periods and are adaptable so they can be delivered in smaller chunks suitable for tutor/mentor time or shorter lessons.  Depending on the depth to which the lesson is taken and the ability range of the students you may want to extend some lessons beyond the time suggested.

All lessons have extension or home learning tasks and the programme has sufficient material to run over a whole school year (around 100 hours).

Alternatively, the lessons can all be run independently and are suitable to be delivered by non-specialist and cover staff.  You can use them to support or run alongside existing programmes or to enhance a project you are undertaking or to support learning in a particular area or subject.  They also lend themselves to being used as enrichment days, where you can use groups of lessons to support a full or half days activities.