Duncanrig Secondary

Professional Development Update

Issue Nine

One of the biggest problems we have at times is to convince pupils that they can get better at our subjects and that no-one is naturally good or bad at anything. This fixed mindset approach is a difficult one to get over but it an be done with persistence. This newsletter provides some background to some work being done on changing mindsets.

Developing a Growth Mindset

Growth vs Fixed Mindset

Carol Dweck

Mindset is a straightforward idea discovered by psychologist Carl Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success.


With a fixed mindset, pupils believe their basic qualities, like intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success - without effort. They're wrong.


With a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

Next Issue

The next issue will deal with how to cope with the marking workload. As always, any suggestions from you would be good. Anything you'd like more information on, or anything you'd like to share, please pass it on.