Maths and Mindset

In 2016 the EPS took part in a new programme of action enquiry research across Scotland focusing on closing the poverty-related attainment gap.  This research was supported by Education Scotland as part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

Local and national data showed a noticeable decrease in children’s attainment in maths as they progress through school.  In addition, children at this stage show decreased enjoyment and engagement with maths.  Emerging research indicated promoting a growth mindset in maths can have a positive impact on attainment and enjoyment.  This led us to focus on working alongside Secondary School maths departments to promote a growth mindset.

  • Ten maths departments took part in this research.
  • Two schools continued with ongoing growth mindset work.
  • Four schools used the ‘My Brilliant Brain’ resource previously developed by the EPS.  One school delivered Jo Boaler’s week of inspirational maths.  Another ran a ‘lunch and learn’ session for staff to find out more about Growth mindset.
  • One school took a whole school approach which resulted in several systems changes within the school including the introduction of resilience and growth mindset in their PSE lessons.
  • The EPS produced research leaflets focusing on research in schools and how to carry out research.  Click here to view leaflet.
  • Research was shared at the Annual Conference of Scottish Educational Psychologists.
  • Our research project is available on the Education Scotland National Improvement Hub here



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