Sharing growth mindset ideas with Guernsey

As part of our growth mindset in education project, we are always looking at ways to both share best practise and learn from others.

Recently, John Paul Fitzpatrick, our Mindset in Education Lead, along with our delivery partners from Dundee and Stirling and Clacks, visited Guernsey to learn more about the great mindset work taking place in Guernsey education.

The team visited a number of primary and secondary schools to speak to parents and pupils about their experiences of the schools’ development of a mindset culture. As well as, speaking to Directors of Education to share ideas for further collaboration and sharing of resources.

Local media were particularly interested in the visit and the guys were interviewed by the Guernsey Press and BBC Radio.

One of the main things they took away was seeing the great practical ways mindset is being delivered in schools and how pupils really had a good understanding of the concept and how they apply it to their everyday experiences. Pupils were open and confident about speaking about their learning struggles and were able to question each other about how they dealt with challenges.

Going forward, the visit helped affirm that our approach to growth mindset work in Scotland is right, in terms of aspiration, scope and reach. We have our new Mindset Advisory Board, headed by Professor Sue Ellis, that will ensure we make the most of engaging partners and stakeholders to buy into creating growth mindset cultures in schools. And we have our Mindset Champions, who will be selected over the coming weeks and will act as subject matter experts in local areas to assist schools with their mindset implementation planning and application.