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Alas, growth mindset! We knew they weren’t listening

Implementing new procedures and philosophies to improve your school is a good thing – but there’s no need to go on about it, says John Tomsett

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Hamlet was right when he said, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”. I have been a lifetime subscriber to the Dane’s philosophy, often claiming that, no matter what happens, you can choose the way in which you respond to it. It’s a mantra that irritates my wife hugely.

Nevertheless, over the past five years, staff at my school have worked hard to generate a growth-mindset culture à la Carol Dweck. I have also written and spoken at length about how to develop a growth-mindset ethos in your school to the point where Huntington has some minor repute as a “growth-mindset ...

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