Dunbarney Primary School

Primary School

Honesty, Ambition, Respect and Kindness

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Growth Mindset

The beliefs children have about intelligence, effort, and struggle impact the choices they make about learning.  Children and adults tend to hold one of two different beliefs about intelligence:

  • Children with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be developed. These pupils see school as a place to develop their abilities and think of challenges as opportunities to grow.
  • Children with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence is fixed at birth and doesn’t change or changes very little with practice. These pupils see school as a place where their abilities are evaluated, they focus on looking smart over learning, and they interpret mistakes are a sign that they lack talent.




At Dunbarney we are looking to harness the power of...... YET.




Praising students for being smart suggests that innate talent is the reason for success, while focusing on the process helps students see how their effort leads to success.

In one study, children were either given praise for their intelligence or for their effort after succeeding on a set of moderately challenging problems. Later in the study, researchers found that children praised for their effort were more interested in challenging themselves and even performed better on another set of problems.

Many students shy away from challenging schoolwork and get discouraged quickly when they make mistakes. These students are at a significant disadvantage in school—and in life more generally—because they end up avoiding the most difficult work.

Successful entrepreneurs make more mistakes and learn from their mistakes.

Making mistakes is one of the most useful ways to learn. Our brains develop when we make a mistake and think about the mistake. This brain activity doesn’t happen when people get work correct.

So, in a nutshell, EFFORT = TALENT CREATION.