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Changing Mindsets

No impact for Primary reading
No impact for Primary maths

Intervention description

Changing Mindsets is a family of interventions provided by Growing Learners at the University of Portsmouth, which seek to improve academic attainment by supporting pupils to develop a growth mindset: the belief that intelligence is not a fixed characteristic and can be increased through effort.

The interventions are based on research which shows that teaching children a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) leads to greater resilience and has a positive impact on their motivation and achievement. The whole school/college Mindset package includes the Growing Learners Manual which features lesson plans and ready-to-use materials, along with an assessment package to measure the mindset of pupils before and after an intervention. Schools signing up to the package also receive 12 months access to the Growing Learners advice and support service.

Professional development/training

A day training in Mindsets for all staff included in the whole school/college mindset package. This introduces the 6 week Mindset programme and helps the school consider how to develop a growth culture across the institution.

Evidence Summary

The EEF ran a further evaluation in 2016/2017 investigating the impact of Changing Mindsets. This study provided pupil resources and teacher training. The study found the intervention had no impact on primary reading, primary maths and primary writing.

No impact for Primary reading
No. of studies 3
No. of students 6,228
Average effect size -0.02
No impact for Primary maths
No. of studies 3
No. of students 6,245
Average effect size +0.01
No impact for Primary writing
No. of studies 1
No. of students 4,448
Average effect size +0.00

Key research

The EEF ran the further study into Changing Mindsets in 2016/2017 in a larger number of schools.

Key stages

  • Early Years
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Post 16


£1800 (plus travel and accommodation for two trainers if 20 miles outside of Portsmouth)

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