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St Ives Growth Mindset Academy (SIGMA)

Research by Developmental Psychologist Dr Carol Dweck of Stanford University points to people having one of two mindsets: Growth and Fixed. A child’s belief about intelligence is an important factor in whether they become an effective learner. We all hold beliefs about concepts such as ‘intelligence’, ‘ability’ and ‘personality’, with roughly half of us holding a ‘fixed’ mindset and the other half a ‘growth’ mindset.

“In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” Dr Carol Dweck

 However, it’s not all about Dr Dweck. The school will be taking the advice this leading academic gives, mixing it with further academic research and making it suit the current school, authority and national policies and how we think it will best benefit St Ives School students. We are using SIGMA (St Ives Growth Mindset Academy) to share our values with students, staff, parents and stakeholders.

SIGMA encompasses our values as a school. Our students, parents, staff and stakeholders are    empowered by challenge and value effort. We are driven to achieve and to fulfil our potential through resilience, grit and determination.

SIGMA is at the heart of our schools philosophy and underpins everything from rewards and      attendance to CPD and teaching and learning. Each half term we focus on a different Growth Mindset value. Students are rewarded with SIGMA merits and teachers ensure lessons develop Growth Mindset skills. We have a programme of tutor time activities and assemblies to ensure that we are delivering a consistent message.

There is more information about Growth Mindset and how you can support your children in the booklet below form our recent Parent Workshop.If you have any questions, or ideas as to how we can develop Growth Mindset at St Ives School please email James Butterworth (Assistant Headteaher – Innovation and Effectiveness)

SIGMA Parent Workshop Handout