Our mindset work

We believe that having a growth mindset is critical for young people across Scotland to achieve their personal best in life and fulfil their potential.

This mindset, researched by Stanford University's Professor Carol Dweck, helps young people to have a love of learning, thrive on challenges and build resilience when things don't always go to plan.

A growth mindset is something that children can learn, but there is also a key role for parents, teachers, and other adults in a child's life to play in ensuring they create a growth mindset environment.

Our mindset project is focussed on three areas: sport, education and communities. 

What is a growth mindset?

Individuals can approach their own abilities with either a fixed or growth mindset.

Fixed mindset - believe that we're born with a fixed level of natural ability, intelligence or talent. Feel that our talents and abilities determine our level of success in the future. We might think we 'are no good at numbers', 'am the sporty one', 'am naturally great at art' but 'am rubbish with words'. Think we should find our talents easy, and avoid the setbacks and challenges that the things we're not so good at present us with.

Growth mindset - believe our level of success is determined by factors such as effort, application and skills development. Feel that our talents, abilities and intelligence can be learned and developed. We might think 'I'm not very good at this... yet', 'I need more practise', 'I'll have to try harder next time'. Appreciate the value of success because we've had to work hard to achieve it and use challenges as opportunities to learn.

Working with education and communities

Along with our partners we've been testing new techniques and producing materials to help develop growth mindsets in young people.

We are creating resources, tools and materials for teaching growth mindset and building learning and sharing networks so we can reach out to as many people as possible who work with children.

We have been working with a number of education authorities:

  • Delivering workshops within Glasgow, Angus, Fife and West Dunbartonshire
  • Developing a programme in Stirling and Clackmannanshire incorporating sport and mindset
  • Developed a community based approach across Dundee, involving education, health and other community agencies.

Where can I find out more?

We have a whole host of information, tools and resources available for you to download and use in your schools and communities.

There are leaflets, lesson plans, slides and more. These are available from our Mindset in Education GLOW blogsite, which is accessible by everyone.

If you would like to enquire about how our growth mindset work could help you, please contact Alison Hennessy, 07812 062 899 .