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23/10/20

Have you ever wondered what PE is like when you start KS2? Our Year 3 councillors give us all the details: https://t.co/NkuNSgs77s https://t.co/VdpEtD65qD

23/10/20

Retweeted From Good Shepherd Lee

Thanks for supporting our refugee foodbank once again. We’re very grateful for all your support! https://t.co/2HI0mU63lz

21/10/20

We couldn't be more proud of Umairah for winning a scholarship in the Immerse Education Essay Competition with her essay about the concept of 'justice'. Find out more and read her winning essay here: https://t.co/d81lnst9I0 https://t.co/XfJUARmR1g

19/10/20

To show their learning of Cell Differentiation and the Repiratory System in Biology, Year 8 and 9 got creative by creating incredible posters. https://t.co/adDDAe34qP https://t.co/2bbIkA69BD

16/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Congratulations to the top 5 pairs in the year 6 inter-house gymnastics competition. Great performances by all and a wonderful afternoon! An overall victory this time for Vanbrugh! Congratulations! Happy half term from PE! https://t.co/wYcCwF7bPY

16/10/20

We're so proud of our girls for using today's Mufti Day to raise money for and their campaign. Well done girls! https://t.co/tKM4fszD7Y

16/10/20

Good luck Year 6! 🤸‍♀️ https://t.co/dyqtBmAKNz

16/10/20

So proud of all our amazing artists here at Blackheath High. Check out some of our students' amazing GCSE artwork in our gallery here 👇 🎨💫 https://t.co/nLJAobC3WB https://t.co/jvyswjykFz

16/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Love a bit of Dance and Badminton on a Friday for the Sixth Form 🥳🥵 https://t.co/aK0Qz7gqFD

15/10/20

We’re delighted to be supporting and will be raising money tomorrow as we host “mufti day” here in school before we head into half term. It’s so inspiring to hear about all these amazing https://t.co/TkJrqqWNkD

15/10/20

Retweeted From RebeccaE GardenDesign

Some great taster lessons and demos here from staff around the school too... https://t.co/RUQtIWPVNj

15/10/20

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

2 balloon tetrahedron! https://t.co/ZQXL0nrZ0A

15/10/20

Amazing 👏👏👏 https://t.co/JTteTfeA24

15/10/20

Any excuse to enjoy the award winning musical performances of Blackheath High's The Rolling Tones and Higgins Quartet. So proud of all our talented musicians! 🎶 Check them out here 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/5URS8AZ5e1

15/10/20

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Conference has begun! Adding carefully to construct our Pascal's Triangle. What patterns will be revealed? https://t.co/hOr09BKc5s

15/10/20

This is brilliant 😊 👏👏👏 https://t.co/bvzEaagi5e

15/10/20

Interested in joining our amazing school? Find out all about life here at Blackheath High from our Head Girl, Saffron, who shares her experiences from joining us in Year 7 to studying in the Sixth Form. Don't forget our 11+ applications close tomorrow! 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/S4IIrDI8Gu

14/10/20

Year 9 smashing run club in Greenwich Park tonight https://t.co/UMkOYY8W9o

14/10/20

❤️🐶 https://t.co/d8jRYZzISX

14/10/20

Love history? Find out what it’s like to study at Blackheath High and take a taster lesson with our resident Historian Mr Crozier and find out all about life in Ancient Britain 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12i6JP https://t.co/wr7wl1vtkn

14/10/20

Retweeted From Rebecca Richards 🧪

Extinction with . Did a giant asteroid hit the Earth or did aliens abduct the dinosaurs? 🤔🦕🦖☄️🛸 https://t.co/3X8yFCgpfg

14/10/20

This made our day! 🌈 https://t.co/m5xnOOfeHX

14/10/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Our charity prefects would like to thank our ⁦⁩ parents for your Harvest donations. https://t.co/JDoRKy3e2K

14/10/20

Amazing work! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/XhXe6LlFPL

13/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Park run rained off so these machines blasted out some team endurance training instead. https://t.co/8TeghoQpN4

13/10/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

You were brilliant! Strong clear message on anti-racism and how young people can make their voice heard. Very proud you are a https://t.co/trWg78EqzM

13/10/20

Thinking of joining us in Year 7 and interested in sport? We have so much on offer here at Blackheath High School. Visit our Virtual Open Day to find out more from our Director of Sport, Miss Morrell 👇 https://t.co/jb1G12zHBn https://t.co/HplhijRpCG

13/10/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Thank you for such an informative and inspiring assembly. Learning how to be allies, educate ourselves and stand strong in support for our community is so valuable. Thank you! https://t.co/YvwQJ6ImXa

13/10/20

The girls all loved it, you were amazing - thank you so much again! https://t.co/GMEZPliWao

13/10/20

"Speak up for those who can't. It's OK to feel uncomfortable when calling things out." Thank you so much to Blackheath alumna for such a powerful talk this morning as part of our month - everyone was so inspired. Thank you! https://t.co/7KFgMkcaK9

13/10/20

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison 😷

such a powerful talk to girls. What a role model 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

12/10/20

Brilliant! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/ToXeWj22YH

12/10/20

We're so proud of Tia who has narrated ad & reminds us "We stop at nothing". When using your voice is more important than ever, Tia is a leading example of what BHS girls do every day. Check out Tia's work here: https://t.co/7d07dZ00ub https://t.co/U54XOLXHJa

12/10/20

This year, our 11+ application deadline is a little earlier than usual - this Friday, 16 October. Take a look behind the scenes with a virtual tour of our amazing school here https://t.co/ZMwHiLuPss You can also still visit our website to enjoy our Virtual Open Day. https://t.co/Vy8cR9xniY

12/10/20

Looking forward to a new week of sport here at Blackheath High 💪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/7lCBRwFCZR

09/10/20

As part of our Wollstonecraft Speaker Series, we couldn't be more excited to welcome Process Engineer Gillian Atwell, who will be giving a talk to our girls today about the steps she has taken along her career path and the day-to-day tasks of an engineer. https://t.co/BzKCZlFCCn

08/10/20

There's still time to enjoy our Virtual Open Day. Visit our website here for an insight into life at our Junior School, Senior School & Sixth Form. You can also watch recordings of our live Q&A, with teachers and students answering your questions 👇 https://t.co/KdsGpblCYt https://t.co/zNb3gUPOv5

08/10/20

We agree! Thank you for all the delicious, healthy lunches 🙂 https://t.co/5GyVPljKsi

08/10/20

Fantastic to see our girls making the most of our Run Club in Greenwich Park! 🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/lFIFQMymqP

Latest news

May 24

What is Growth mindset?

"In a fixed mindset, students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.  In a growth mindset, students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence.  They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”  Carol Dweck, Stanford University 2012

Growth Mindset is one of the most powerful concepts in the psychology of learning to have arrived in the educational sphere in recent times.  At Juniors, your daughter may have talked about this, from assemblies delivered, to displays throughout the school, an area in the library specifically targeted to challenging ‘fixed’ mindset, as well as some classes having trialled schemes of work specifically targeted at challenging fixed mindset during this academic year.

Growth Mindset is gradually becoming a key theme in our curriculum, delivery and culture here at Juniors.  Alongside other projects and initiatives, this is one strand of developing your child into a resilient learner, equipped for the many challenges and threats that will present themselves during her life. 

Carol Dweck’s research on the subject struck a very personal chord with me as my own thinking as a child was of a ‘fixed’ mindset, particularly with reference to specific subjects such as maths, and has given rise to what has effectively been a paradigm shift in my thinking with the recognition of how important future generations are lead away from this.  As an educator, I believe that we are most passionate about those areas that were taught brilliantly to us as youngsters or those which we realise as adults were sorely lacking.  Growth Mindset for me would most definitely fall into the latter category.

When a whole school is able to adopt a Growth Mindset in a successful, effective manner, it is not just the pupils who benefit.  With a Growth Mindset, pupils, parents and staff subscribe to the fundamental tenet that intelligence can be grown.  Research by Dweck has shown that girls are particularly susceptible to their own belief that their intelligence is fixed and incapable of improving.  There is a tendency to think of failure as simply not being up to the task which is a fundamentally limiting point of view.  Those labelled as ‘clever’ from a young age are particularly at threat as they fear losing this title and shy away from challenge which may lead to perceived failure or showing themselves as lacking in knowledge.  Through application of a Growth Mindset system, children no longer have this limiting self-belief and come to the view that they have an infinite capacity to improve, or effectively “grow”.  For teachers, a Growth Mindset can allow them to understand that they will succeed with all of their pupils.  For parents, it is to be concerned less about advocating for their children to get better results and more about ensuring challenges in learning are in place both in and out of school that require their children to develop.

There has been a degree of subtlety to applying these principle to our culture at Juniors.  It must be allowed to grow over time, testing out methods, working carefully to find what is most effective and those strategies which are less successful.  We should guard against overuse of terminology to avoid eye-rolling and generalisations; ‘growth mindset fatigue’. 

“Good teachers often know the importance of belonging, growth and positive affirmation. But they may not know the best ways to bring these about. Well-intended practices can sometimes even do more harm than good.  At the same time, researchers may not always know the best way to make their interventions speak to stu­dents in a given class.”  Yeager, Walton and Cohen 2013

One of the many benefits of being part of the GDST is belonging to a group of practitioners who can be part of a collaborative journey of teaching the psychology of learning.  Best practice can be shared and common pitfalls avoided.  The hasty approach of box-ticking the latest trend in education must be avoided at every cost, especially when dealing with an idea so powerful in its potential impact.  One mistake is to encourage students to give “more effort” when they really need not only apply more effort but also change strategy. Effort is necessary but it is not the sole ingredient for suc­cess.  Growth Mindset is not ‘anyone can do anything’ nor is it a quick fix or silver bullet. 

“When confronted with con­tinued failures despite heightened effort, students might conclude that they can’t succeed, sapping their motivation. Effective growth mindset interventions challenge the myth that raw ability matters most by teaching the fuller for­mula for success: effort + strate­gies + help from others.”  Yeager, Walton and Cohen 2013

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