Mersey Park Mindset

At Mersey Park Primary School, we know that pupils who have a positive attitude towards their learning will make good progress and be even more successful in their time at school. Consequently, instilling all our pupils with a ‘Growth Mindset’ which we also call our ‘Mersey Park Mindset’ is a key priority for our school. All our staff are fully trained in the theories behind Growth Mindset and know how to help our children achieve this. Growth Mindset is embedded throughout the school day and throughout our curriculum.

We teach all our pupils to relish challenges, embrace their mistakes (as a vital part of the learning process), value the importance of effort, respond correctly to feedback and take inspiration from others. This will help them to achieve, not only during their time with us, but also in their future lives as adults. We also apply this mindset to helping children to make correct choices in school. Encouraging them to reflect on events and make positive choices moving forward.


Encouraging our children to become confident and resilient learners

Two of our school values – ‘Work Hard’ and ‘Never Give Up’ perfectly match and support our Mersey Park Mindset approach to school life. We know that in order to fulfil the potential of our pupils and encourage them to become confident and resilient learners, staff also need to display and model the mindset of a learner who is not afraid of making mistakes but who thrives upon them, knowing that this is all part of the learning process. The way in which we encourage children to learn and explore is vital to their success, not only at school but at home as well. Mistakes are regularly shared and celebrated in our safe and secure learning environment.



How do we do this at Mersey Park?

  • Through direct teaching of Growth Mindset lessons and revisiting these throughout the year. This includes looking at how our brains can grow, how a fixed mindset can limit our learning and why challenges are good for us.
  • By using vocabulary designed to promote, highlight and embed Growth Mindset behaviours. Effort, resilience and perseverance are referred to rather than focusing on achievement.
  • Giving clear and inspirational examples of others who have used their Growth Mindset to achieve great things.
  • By training all adults in school to consistently use the ‘Mersey Park Mindset’ approach so that children know we are all on the learning journey together.
  • By adopting the Austin’s Butterfly approach, giving very specific praise to enable pupils to improve their work. Displays in school regularly highlight the vital learning journey.




Take a look at some of the displays you may see around our school: