Two thirds of UK schools are missing out on the educational workshops designed to provide pupils of all abilities with the skills they need to adopt a growth mindset.
In the UK, 14.4% of pupils have specific learning difficulties (SLD), 25% of which also have moderate learning difficulties (MLD). These pupils face huge barriers in mastering numeracy and literacy skills. Despite indication of the Government moving in a positive direction to help pupils with these needs, school budget cuts have inevitably meant that there has been a loss of staff and a decrease in extra-curricular activities and resources.
Schools need to start looking at the cost-effective ways they can provide pupils with the skills they need to adopt a growth mindset. Although many children will likely be unaware of their mindset, those who are encouraged to solve problems and conquer challenges are often the ones to express characteristics of having a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset.
According to renowned psychologist at Stanford University, Carol Dweck, it is this fixed mindset which is often standing in the way of students’ success. This can be particularly detrimental to students with SLD, as it builds bigger barriers to achieving self-belief.