Growth Mindset & Philosophy for Children

At St Andrew’s CE Primary School, we want all children to develop a life long love of learning and realise their full potential. We recognise that children who have a positive attitude towards their learning will make progress and succeed. Therefore, we have been working hard to develop our ‘growth mindset’.

For the last twenty years, Dr Carol Dweck has been researching mindsets, achievement and success. She defines mindset as your beliefs about yourself and your qualities of intelligence, talents and personality. We have been learning about the two types of mindsets that children and adults can have, a ‘growth’ mindset and a ‘fixed’ mindset.



A ‘can do’ attitude is what we embed in all of our children at St Andrew’s. We want them to value the importance of effort, take risks and tackle challenges, embrace their mistakes and take inspiration from others. We teach our children that by having a growth mindset, they can grow their brains and intelligence and achieve anything they want to.

As well as encouraging a growth mindset, we use Philosophy for Children (P4C) to help children to develop into effective, critical, independent and creative thinkers and to take responsibility for their own learning in a caring and collaborative way.

P4C focuses on developing the 4Cs:

Collaborative – Children are encouraged to work together, listen to each other’s ideas and build on them.  Children formulate questions together and discuss ideas with one another.

Caring – Children learn to respect each other and listen to each other’s ideas.  Everyone’s opinions are valued.

Critical – Children learn to formulate ‘big wondering’ questions and have in-depth discussions, giving reasons and evidence to support their thinking.

Creative – Children think creatively – formulating questions, suggestions reasons and/or alternative explanations.


If you would like some practical tips in supporting growth mindset and P4C at home or would like to find out more, please have a look at the links below:

Growth Mindset

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