New challenges and struggles for everyone

A message from our Executive Director, Morag Arnot:

Dear Friends of Winning Scotland Foundation,

We’re all living through strange and uncertain times as we adjust to the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. With the lockdown extended in Scotland, this situation presents myriad challenges depending on your individual circumstances. I do hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues are healthy and will remain so, particularly those on the front line in vital health and care services.

At the Foundation, we’ve made adjustments so we can all work effectively from home. Like many organisations, we’ve embraced virtual calls and meetings. Our online learning platforms allow us to continue to support hundreds of teaching professionals involved in our ‘Mindset in Education’ programmes, which help teachers use growth mindset practice.

Many hard-working teachers are continuing to progress their professional learning during the lockdown, and we’re delighted to announce that 34 of the teachers we've been supporting have just become the first in Scotland to be awarded formal qualifications in ‘applied growth mindset’ by Glasgow Caledonian University. Congratulations to our graduates! 

We have also just created a new opportunity for teachers to introduce them to mindset, see details below.

We’re currently exploring with partners how we can complete important project developments, and how and when we can deliver key learning events as well as starting to explore new opportunities for digital delivery. We’re also speaking to our incredible funders about how we can apply their support in these difficult and unknown circumstances. I wish to thank all of them for their continued support.

As some of you will be aware, ‘challenge and struggle’ are things that the renowned psychologist and proponent of the application of mindset, Dr. Carol Dweck, believes we should embrace. In fact, she believes it is in times like these that we can learn, develop and improve. Therefore, as we all struggle with our present circumstances, it might help to trust that we can all learn from this and support each other to see a way through.

To this end, we have developed a new, FREEMindset in Education taster course’, offering access to our mindset e–learning programme for teaching professionals. 

More information is available here and you can see a graphic summarising the impact of the programme by clicking here. Please share this offer with colleagues and your wider network.

In the meantime, take care of yourself and try to embrace the struggle.

Morag Arnot
Executive Director
Winning Scotland Foundation