As a school we have long recognised the importance of a positive mindset, of working hard and trying one’s best. We were familiar with Carol Dweck’s Mindset research, but were unsure of how to roll out the message and strategies more widely. Although we felt staff were amenable to the theory of Mindsets and Motivation, we were less sure that asking a member of school staff to ‘sell it’ and ask staff to do yet more would work for us. Then, we discovered Robin!
Robin came into school and delivered a series of talks to staff, students and parents. He opened our eyes and challenged us the teaching professionals (and the parents) to be careful of our own fixed views. He brought everyone with him; convinced with humour, facts and real credibility that forging ahead with Mindsets work was the only option. Everyone rated his sessions highly. One parent wrote ‘Fantastic. Thank you so much for running this session for parents.
I have tried so many times to talk to my daughter about mindsets and motivation to no avail. She came home from her session today truly inspired and I can see why’. Even our most sceptical Year 11s were won round! Robin’s has genuinely inspired us in so many ways: we now have a Mindsets Staff and Student Working Party and have integrated real working strategies into lessons, assemblies, and intervention work.
Thank you Robin. Without your support, we would not have come as far as we have.