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Millfields' Mindset

Millfields Mindset

The Millfields Mindset (along with Millfields Values), is at the heart of everything we do here at Millfields. We work with the children on developing this mindset through all aspects of their school and home life.

All class rooms have a Millfields Mindset display which was designed by the children during an assembly in September.

Whenever children exhibit these traits, it is praised and celebrated through our reward system in school. This could range from earning a positive comment from an adult, to team points, to being chosen as their class ‘Star of the Week’.

We believe that the Millfields Mindset ensures that children:

  • build their resilience
  • realise they are mentally stronger than they think
  • embrace challenge
  • realise that mistakes are good, as this is how we learn
  • understand the importance of always giving their best

A major part of building the Millfields Mindset deals with the language that is used by pupils and that we, as adults, use with them. All staff at school are now looking to use language that praises the process of learning rather than just the outcomes.

This is something that can also be done at home and below are examples of language to use with your child to help develop a Millfields Mindset.


Praise EFFORT not outcome

DO.  Use words that encourage:

Wow!                                                              Look at that!

Tell me about it.                                              Show me more.

How did you do that?                                      Let‛s see what you did.

How do you feel about it?                              How did you work that out?

I see that you __________ (be specific)         That looks like it took a lot of effort.

What do you plan to do next?                        That looks like it took so much work.

Are you pleased with what you did?

How many ways did you try it before it turned out the way you wanted it?

DON’T. Use labels that judge                                               

Smart.             Pretty.             Lovely.             Cute.                Good.               Intelligent.      

Great.              Quick.              Right.               Fast.                 Clever.             Amazing.

Best.                Beautiful.        The best.         Better than…(another person)

DO.  Use mindset growing conversations

“What did you struggle with today?”

“This is hard, but this is fun, what should we do next?”

“You can grow your intelligence”

“You can learn.  You can stretch.  You can keep mastering new things”


One of the most powerful words that can be used to develop mindset is, yet. This tiny word can be added to the end of any sentence that is negative, to turn it into a positive.

For example, if your child says, ‘I can’t do …’

You can reply with, ‘Yet.’


If you have any questions about the Millfields Mindset, then please feel free to ask your child’s teacher or speak to me.

Rob Parish