This much I know about…developing a Dweck-inspired Growth Mindset culture

Some of my colleagues particularly in the more Sciences really struggle with this, the idea that students can improve and they have a part in making that young person more able to access the work


I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about developing a Dweck-inspired Growth Mindset culture.

What follows is much of what I said at #TLT13 on 19 October 2013. There may well be a video of my talk available soon.


How did you find out that the only way to be good at something is to work hard at it? I didn’t need to read Gladwell or Syed, for me it was Jack Nicklaus and Joe Strummer.


The blisters on my hands and my permanently misaligned shoulders were/are testimony to my determination as a youth to be the best golfer in the world. Conversely, my complete failure to play guitar like Joe Strummer is down to my lack of Strummer-like effort – if I put in my 10,000 hours even I, with my incredibly…

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