40 more concrete, practical and applicable tools to supercharge pupils’ resilience, positivity, organisation and determination.
At a time when GCSE teaching can feel like a conveyor belt of micromanaged lessons and last-ditch interventions, Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin, authors of The A Level Mindset, suggest a different approach. When pupils engage and enrol in the process of learning, investing the best of themselves in the process, their results can far outstrip expectations. The GCSE Mindset takes a simple character education model as its starting point and presents a calendar of timely coaching activities, tutorial resources and one-to-one strategies that help pupils break through barriers, solve problems, sequence their independent work and release their potential.
The five characteristics explored in the VESPA model; Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude beat cognition hands down as predictors of academic success, and in The GCSE Mindset Steve and Martin share everything that forty years in the classroom has taught them about coaching students to develop these characteristics, adapt their learning behaviours and ultimately change their mindsets.