“Students who are deliberately trained to set good targets for themselves, not be afraid of hard work, be well organised and methodical, and have effective and varied study-habits, do better in their exams. And they are better prepared for learning beyond school. The GCSE Mindset tells us that even in the GCSE years it is not too late, or too difficult, to work on these habits.”
Professor Guy Claxton, author of The Learning Power Approach: Teaching Learners to Teach Themselves.
We are delighted to tell you about an exciting research project that Noadswood is leading with six other local schools. This year, we are working alongside Martin Griffin and Steve Oakes on how to establish and sustain positive learning mindsets at Key Stage Four. There is a growing body of research that suggests successful pupils approach their studies with a specific set of behaviours, skills and attitudes. In short, academic success can be as much about character as it is about intelligence. We will be working alongside other schools to help best prepare our year 11 students for their exams using the positive mindset model of VESPA.
V = Vision
How well do our pupils know what they want to achieve?
E = Effort
How many hours of independent work do they do per week?
S = Systems
How do they organise their learning and time?
P = Practice
What kind of work do they do to practice their skills?
A = Attitude
How do they respond to setbacks?
Next term during House Time we will be working to help equip our pupils with the skills they need to develop and sustain a positive mindset as they approach their GCSE exams.