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St Teresa’s School

St Teresa’s

Catholic Independent School and Pre-School
for Children aged 3-11

Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 0JW
Tel: 01844 345005 Email:

Steps to Success - Attitudes to learning

Our 'Steps to Success' programme  encourages and rewards good attitudes to learning.  In EYFS children are encouraged to develop good characteristics of learning and it is this growth mindset which is proven to enable children to fulfil their potential and achieve well in later life.

At St Teresa's our key words are -

  • Resilience - not giving up, persevering, trying new strategies and understanding what works for them when encountering difficulties
  • Reflection - being able to be critical of their own work; confident to edit work and see how it can be improved; learn from mistakes and how these can be used positively in future work.
  • Risk - being prepared to try different methods; looking at a problem from a different angle; trying something new even though they might not get it right.

Children who demonstrate these attributes in their learning are celebrated in assembly each week and each child is trying to reach the top of their 'Steps to Success' ladder!

"For being reflective in English and considering how she could improve her work next time"

"For approaching challenges with determination and a 'have a go' attitude"

We recently held a parent information session all about growth mindset, which was run by Caroline Cooper of Confident Kids Ltd.  She talked about what parents can do to help their children develop a growth mindset, for example being a good role model; rewarding effort and not the end results; reading and discussing books about growth mindset; using positive language and giving children strategies for solving problems themselves, rather than doing things for them.  We need to teach our children that it is okay to make mistakes; if they can't do something right now then with more effort, it will get easier; what they actually mean is that they can't do something YET! 

For further information about growth mindset take a look at the following link - or look out for Carol Dweck, who is an expert in this area of learning.

Books to read and discuss with children -

  • 'Your fantastic elastic brain' by Jo Ann Deak
  • 'The girl who never made mistakes' by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
  • 'The dot' by Peter H Reynolds
  • 'Beautiful oops' by Barney Saltzberg
  • 'The most magnificent thing' by Ashley Spire
  • 'The little engine that could' by Watty Piper
  • 'What do you do with an idea?' by Kobi Yamada
  • 'I can't do that YET!' by Esther Pia Cordova