What is LEEP?
LEEP stands for Learner Effectiveness Enhancement Programme. It is based on evidence-based educational research that is aimed at developing a growth mindset that will lead to successful lifelong learning habits.
What is Growth Mindset?
Leading educationalist, Professor Carol Dweck, tells us that we have either a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. In a nutshell, those with a Growth Mindset are more likely to be happy and successful as they know that it is self-belief, effort and hard work that lead to success. Those with a fixed mindset believe that they are either good at something or they are not so are unwilling to take on new challenges or put in that extra effort. Fixed mindset people often miss out on valuable opportunities for fear of failing.
|More open to challenges and feedback
Resilient in the face of failure
Convinced effort makes a difference
Likely to rise to the top – and stay there
|Think intelligence is a fixed trait – born clever
See mistakes as a sign of failure
Do not think that effort makes a difference – ability counts
Bothered about how intelligent they look
How can we develop a Growth Mindset?
- Grit – having the determination and perseverance to self-manage ourselves so that we do not give up even when faced with difficulties and stumbling blocks. Grit is about making the effort when we feel like giving up.
- Resilience – having the will power to take on new challenges even if it means making a mistake. More importantly, it is having the ability to deal with failure and learning from these mistakes so that we can improve.
- Brainology – understanding that our brain is a muscle and just as we would exercise our bodies to make them stronger, we need to do the same with our brains. This gives us learning strength and builds our brain power.
- Language – using positive language in our learning that is linked to the effort we put into our work rather than praising someone for how clever they are. Make sure that we provide positive feedback that encourages determination and effort so that we do not give up.
How will the LEEP programme support my child?
Students will have the opportunity to take part in four workshops during their LEEP training to support them in developing their knowledge, understanding and skills in the four key elements of Growth Mindsets. They will use these to improve and strengthen their positive learner habits in the classroom and independently at home.
How can I support my child’s development of effective learner habits?
- Begin by discussing with them the features of a Growth Mindset and how they can identify areas that they may need to change
- Talk about the benefits of having a Growth Mindset
- Ask them about the key features of the four key elements of LEEP: Grit, Resilience, Brainology and Language
- Discuss what they learned about themselves during the LEEP workshops
- Talk about the areas of LEEP they found most challenging and those they found most rewarding
- Ask them to identify which of the key elements of LEEP they need to focus on to develop their Growth Mindset
LEEP recognised by SSAT
Recently an article was published in the SSAT Journal 05 Spring 2016 explaining about LEEP and its impact on our school. The SSAT Journal highlights the work of schools in the network allowing other schools to find out about innovative work that is happening across the education sector.
The article entitled ‘Promoting and instilling effective learner habits’ (page 20-21) was written by Donna Butcher, Freebrough Academy. To read the article please click the link below.
Other LEEP Resources