A Growth Mindset
At Ark Globe Academy we teach our students to have a ‘Growth Mindset’ instead of a Fixed ‘Mindset’. The notion of a ‘Growth Mindset’ was developed by Psychology Professor Carol Dweck from Stanford University.
If you have a 'Fixed Mindset' you believe that you are born with intelligence and it can’t be improved or developed. If you have a ‘Growth Mindset’ you believe that intelligence is a quality that can be changed and developed by trying and allowing yourself to fail.
Every day we see our students developing growth mindsets by putting themselves into situations where they might fail and opportunities to develop a positive attitude to failure by repeated practise until they succeed. We wanted to find a way to calculate this so that we could recognise and reward those students not only for academic achievement but more importantly the effort they put into their studies and other areas of school life.
Globe Growth is a method that we use to calculate ‘Growth Mindset’ for students. It is calculated by awarding points for attendance and punctuality to school, professionalism and effort in homework. These provide a good indication of a student’s ‘Growth Mindset’ and attitude towards learning.
The number of points awarded is then banded with different colours to give a clear indication which students have the strongest growth. Students who are in the purple band have been awarded outstanding growth reflecting a strong ’Growth Mindset’. The results are displayed for all year groups around the school.
Assemblies take place each half term, to recognise the success of students that have shown outstanding Globe Growth.
In primary school, these are led by Phase Leaders, promoting the values of a ‘Growth Mindset’ and the importance of attendance, punctuality, professionalism and independent learning towards a student achieving their potential. In secondary, assesmblies are led by Heads of School and are supported by the achievement team, who collaboratively work with students to develop their understanding of how their ‘Growth Mindset’ can be developed through adapting their own learning behaviours.
At these assemblies, students that achieve outstanding growth each term are given Globe Growth pin badges to reward their achievement, which they wear with pride as part of their uniform. This allows them to be identified by their peers and teachers as students who have shown a ‘Growth Mindset’ and have a positive attitude towards their learning progress and attainment.