Winning Scotland

Ashleigh Thomson, Stane Primary School

July 08, 2020 Richard Season 1 Episode 1
Winning Scotland
Ashleigh Thomson, Stane Primary School
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Winning Scotland
Ashleigh Thomson, Stane Primary School
Jul 08, 2020 Season 1 Episode 1
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In this Winning Scotland podcast, we hear from Ashleigh Thomson, a teacher at Stane Primary School in North Lanarkshire, about her experience with growth mindset after taking part in Winning Scotland’s ‘Mindset Teams’ professional learning programme. 

Ashleigh had found that attitudes towards maths among her pupils were largely negative, with many demonstrating low self-esteem and low resilience, especially in the P6 and P7 groups. 

Surveys conducted within the school had shown most of her pupils believed intelligence to be fixed, and numeracy in particular was identified as something pupils wanted to focus on and improve. 

With an unwillingness amongst much of her class to explore their mistakes amid a general fear of getting things wrong, Ashleigh was eager to try a new approach in an attempt at changing pupil attitudes. 

After some initial research into Growth Mindset within Scottish education, Ashleigh decided to take on the Mindset Teams programme to try and increase motivation and participation among her pupils, especially those living in areas of deprivation. 

In this episode Ashleigh explains how she approached the programme, the ways in which her pupils responded, and how she managed to change their mindsets to the extent that, in her post-project questionnaire, 83% of her pupils believed intelligence isn’t fixed. 

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Winning Scotland is a charity with a purpose to empower young people in Scotland with confidence and resilience. Our Mindset in Education programme helps schools create and embed a growth mindset culture. 

To find out more, please visit the Winning Scotland website. You can also visit our YouTube channel to see more case studies from Mindset in Education.

You can Tweet us @winningscotland or email us [email protected]

Show Notes

In this Winning Scotland podcast, we hear from Ashleigh Thomson, a teacher at Stane Primary School in North Lanarkshire, about her experience with growth mindset after taking part in Winning Scotland’s ‘Mindset Teams’ professional learning programme. 

Ashleigh had found that attitudes towards maths among her pupils were largely negative, with many demonstrating low self-esteem and low resilience, especially in the P6 and P7 groups. 

Surveys conducted within the school had shown most of her pupils believed intelligence to be fixed, and numeracy in particular was identified as something pupils wanted to focus on and improve. 

With an unwillingness amongst much of her class to explore their mistakes amid a general fear of getting things wrong, Ashleigh was eager to try a new approach in an attempt at changing pupil attitudes. 

After some initial research into Growth Mindset within Scottish education, Ashleigh decided to take on the Mindset Teams programme to try and increase motivation and participation among her pupils, especially those living in areas of deprivation. 

In this episode Ashleigh explains how she approached the programme, the ways in which her pupils responded, and how she managed to change their mindsets to the extent that, in her post-project questionnaire, 83% of her pupils believed intelligence isn’t fixed. 

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Winning Scotland is a charity with a purpose to empower young people in Scotland with confidence and resilience. Our Mindset in Education programme helps schools create and embed a growth mindset culture. 

To find out more, please visit the Winning Scotland website. You can also visit our YouTube channel to see more case studies from Mindset in Education.

You can Tweet us @winningscotland or email us [email protected]