Exploring Growth Mindset – CASSA R&D Conference and Teachmeet, February 2015


How do we help pupils to develop the confidence, resilience, determination and belief that they can make progress?  Carol Dweck’s theory of Growth Mindset (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Dweck) might provide an answer to this perennial question, and many schools are exploring, experimenting with and sometimes adopting wholesale her approaches.

Thursday 12th February saw colleagues from across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk primary and secondary schools gather at Sawston Village College (www.sawstonvc.org) for the CASSA (www.cassateaching.co.uk) R&D Teachmeet and Conference on the topic of Growth Mindset.  The title of the event was “Exploring Growth Mindset”, providing an opportunity for colleagues to learn more about the theory and its potential implications for schools, teachers and pupils.   

Attached are various resources from the event – presentations, links to articles and so on.  I am very grateful to all colleagues who presented: from Sawston, James Diggory, Head of English; Jess Wonford, English; Jake Thurstans, MFL; Jerry Reed, History; Jo Harvey, PE; and beyond Sawston, Kev Geall, Assistant Principal at Soham Village College; Helena Marsh, Deputy Principal at Linton Village College.

If you would like to hear more, please get in touch with us via our twitter account @proflearnsvc or contact me, James Woodcock, Assistant Principal, at jwoodcock@sawstonvc.org.


CASSA R&D Teachmeet Sawston Village College Feb 2015 – James Woodcock – Exploring Growth Mindset – Main Presentation

CASSA R&D Teachmeet Sawston Village College Feb 2015 – Jake Thurstans – MFL – Conflict Resolution – Empowering Students

CASSA R&D Teachmeet Sawston Village College Feb 2015 – Jerry Reed – History – The Commando Mindset

CASSA R&D Teachmeet Sawston Village College Feb 2015 – Jess Wonford – English

CASSA R&D Teachmeet Sawston Village College Feb 2015 – Jo Harvey – PE

CASSA R&D Teachmeet Sawston Village College Feb 2015 – Kev Geall – Soham – Whole School Values

Helena Marsh – Linton – English: https://prezi.com/mpmxverlf1tb/give-a-student-a-writing-frame-and-you-support-them-for-one/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Suggested reading:

Syed – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bounce-Myth-Talent-Power-Practice/dp/0007350546

Dweck – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1780332009/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_2?pf_rd_p=569136327&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0007350546&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=09PJFTNCPBHTJAVHM0A7

Willingham – http://www.danielwillingham.com/articles.html

Hymer and Gershon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Growth-Mindset-Pocketbook-Barry-Hymer/dp/1906610606/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

Colvin – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Talent-Overrated-Separates-World-Class-Performers/dp/1857885198/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424860220&sr=1-1&keywords=talent+is+overrated

The Impact of Non-cognitive Skills on Outcomes for Young People: A literature review funded by EEF and the Cabinet Office, and conducted by the Institute of Education.

The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit.

Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Non-Cognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance: A literature review by the University of Chicago. ·

Jubilee Centre: Character and Attainment: A summary of literature on the relationship between character education and academic attainment.

Character and Resilience Manifesto: A report from the APPG on Social Mobility, which provides an overview of the case for focusing on character and resilience.


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