Now more than ever, our children’s mental health and wellbeing should be at the heart of our curriculum.
King’s St Alban’s has proudly called itself a “Growth Mindset” school over the last seven years. During this time, we have adopted the principles of Carol Dweck and embraced them across the curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop curiosity, determination and perseverance; taking considered risks in Forest School and PE is as important as developing flexibility and focus in maths and science. The King’s Warmth shines both inside and outside the classroom at our school, and we celebrate the diversity of children’s interests and talents.
Developing a growth mindset has undoubtedly helped children and staff deal with the challenges of the pandemic. Originally intended to intertwine effort and academic learning power, we have recently moved towards using growth mindset principles to increase awareness of how to look after our mental health. Developing resilience skills and looking at a variety of strategies to deal with stress have proved popular in all age groups. Today, Junior School children explored their unique superpowers and reflected on the importance of being kind to oneself. Next term, we will include regular gratitude practice and continue with our very successful Paws b mindfulness programme.
Pupil wellbeing is always high on the agenda at King’s and during these challenging times we will continue to help children boost their self-esteem and reduce anxiety. Adopting a growth mindset truly can help protect us against mental health problems.