Growth Mindset and Resilience


'Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.’ (Henry Ford)


What is Growth Mindset?


Growth Mindset is an idea originally discovered by Carol Dweck, a world-renowned psychologist from Stanford University.


With a fixed mindset, people believe that their intelligence or talents are fixed traits that cannot be developed or changed over time. They believe that both talents and intelligence creates success and that effort is not important in the process. At The Discovery School, we believe that this is wrong and encourage a growth mindset within all of our school community.


With a growth mindset, people believe that intelligence, abilities and talents can be developed through hard work and perseverance; that all learners are able to be successful if they are dedicated to their own development. This growth mindset learning culture embeds a love of learning within the school community and encourages everyone to be resilient, which is necessary for progress both in education and life after school!


Embedding a growth mindset is proven to create enthusiasm and efficiency in education, business, sport and relationships.



If you would like some further information on growth mindset and Carol Dweck, please follow this link:


Resilience – why is this important?



At The Discovery School, we believe that resilience is vital, both in a child’s attitude to their education and to life outside of school. Resilience in the classroom encourages our learners to become people that respond to challenges and setbacks as a positive part of their educational journey. When children have resilience, they are open to all learning because they hold that belief that they can learn. They respond effectively to constructive criticism and are aware that effort is as important as the final goal.


In the long-term, resilience leads to:


  • Improved academic achievement
  • Less sickness and improved physical health
  • Reduction in risk-taking behaviours
  • Increased community involvement
  • Improved relationships


At The Discovery School, we inspire all of our learners to have a resilient attitude to their learning, development and relationships.


Some helpful videos to encourage your child to understand the importance of resilience:

You can download a parental guide to support growth mindset and resilience at home by clicking here.


What is Growth Mindset and Resilience?