What is a Thinking School?
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Autumn 2016 update
It has been an incredibly busy start to the Autumn Term here at St Francis....there has been so much going on already and we are nearly at the first half term holiday. Children everywhere in school are really taking well to our new initiatives that build upon Christian Values of hope, wisdom and thankfulness, The Success Zone and Rights Respecting Children ethos in school.
WE think it is vitally important that children understand how to learn; what it is they need to do to build resilience and a lifelong love of learning. We have therefore undertaken staff training this term with our colleagues from Horndale Infants in the ideology of "Thinking Schools." We are confident that the development of these ideas will help children grow and flourish even more during their time with us. If you want to find out more just put Thinking Schools and Growth Mindset into a google search; you'll be amazed by what you find out!! We were shown a great video to illustrate and get us talking about growth mind-sets. I have added the link below...he/she's an incredibly resourceful and resilient learner.
January 2017 update
The "Growth Mindset" work coupled with Thinking Schools professional development for staff from both St Francis' and Horndale schools is having a discernible impact on the children's learning. The maps provide children with a way of organising and sharing their learning with others- if you would like to know more, have a look at
We have compiled a report on our work so far on Growth Mind-sets and Thinking Schools. The report is below and was written as an evaluation for staff on our Autumn Term progress.
As we continue our journey across the academic year, the Children's Council will produce a guide for parents on Growth Mind-set in our school.
On Friday 13th January, myself and Mrs Lakey together with Mr Brown and Mr Walker from the infants school are going to London to visit two outstanding "thinking schools" to gather more ideas. One is in Walthamstowe, the other in Tottenham. We are very hopeful that the visit will answer questions that we have together with providing us with more evidence of why the ability to organise your own learning is so vital in todays world.