The growth mindset

The growth mindset

At Summit Point School we understand that acknowledging and valuing the individual, means understanding and providing opportunities to explore the nature of their intelligences.

Valuing the growth mindset 

Carol Dweck, a psychologist and educational theorist from Stanford University, identified that we have created a generation of young people who are terrified of failure. We have believed that intelligence and ability is fixed and that potential is limited. We are here to prove it is not. 

We have forgotten that in order to know what we don’t know we must stumble on the way, embrace failures and grow stronger through developing the ability to climb out of our learning crevasses. 

Dyslexic students feel anxiety daily as they repeatedly compare their achievements to those of their peers. The qualities that education prizes most highly, achievement in literacy and numeracy, are precisely the things that dyslexic students are wired to struggle with. As a result many schools believe their capabilities are fixed or they are simply misunderstood. 

“…there is a lot of intelligence out there being wasted by underestimating students’ potential to develop” - Dweck

Sir Ken Robinson challenges our preconceptions about what intelligence is. He talks about intelligence in the following ways:

  • It’s Diverse – We think about the world as we experience it: visually, auditory, kinesthetic, abstractly and through movement 
  • Its’ Dynamic – Intelligence is interactive: the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things
  • It’s Distinct – Every child has distinct intelligences: we need to recognise the individual’s creative intelligence and fan the flames of learning

What does the future hold?

Children starting school this year will be leaving in 2028 to embark on their future journeys. No one can guess at the opportunities that they may encounter or the technologies that they may be asked to work with. At Summit Point School we want to help shape resourceful learners who can creatively adapt to the rapidly changing world around them. 

Tony Wagner, a resident expert on innovation in education at Harvard University, surveyed a range of the most successful companies in the US on what were the most desirable qualities that they look for in young people emerging into the workforce. He identified the following seven survival skills.

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  • Agility and adaptability
  • Initiative and entrepreneurship
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Accessing and analysing information
  • Curiosity and imagination

These are the skills that we at Summit Point School are focused towards. Through teaching students the following key competencies we will enable them to adapt to their next learning pathway beyond Summit Point School:

  • Exploring identity
  • Thinking about and questioning ideas
  • Reflecting upon and connecting their learning
  • Investigating the varied language of learning
  • Being able to manage themselves, and work collaboratively