Education Endowment Foundation:Changing Mindsets

Changing Mindsets

University of Portsmouth
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An intervention which aims to improve attainment by developing a growth mindset in pupils.
Schools: 36 Grant: £368,460
Key Stage: 1 Duration: 2 year(s) Type of Trial: Efficacy Trial
Completed Feb 2014

The Changing Mindsets project sought to improve academic attainment by supporting pupils to develop a growth mindset: the belief that intelligence is not a fixed characteristic and can be increased through effort. Previous research (Good et al., 2003; Blackwell et al., 2007) has suggested that holding this belief enables pupils to work harder and achieve better results. The project consisted of two separate interventions:

  • an intervention that taught pupils directly about the malleability of intelligence through six workshops, which were delivered by undergraduates from the University of Portsmouth, and four further sessions delivered by two local organisations: the Education Business Partnership, and Pompey Study Centre (now called Portsmouth in the Community).
  • a professional development course that trained teachers on approaches to developing and reinforcing growth mindsets through their teaching. This course consisted of two half days of instruction.

The project targeted Year 5 pupils in Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire. The delivery of the interventions was led by the University of Portsmouth and took place between January and May 2013.

Project type:Efficacy Trial
Key stage:Key Stage 2
Cost per pupil:£397