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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 new '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 not giving up when cutting out difficult shapes and recognising that practise was helping him get better"

"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"

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 JoAnn 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