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Our Philosophy of Education - Vision, Aims, Mission

Growth Mindset


Our Philosophy of Education is based on the principles of ‘Growth Mindset Learning’(C. Dweck Ph.D).


All the learners at Broughton Infant School – children, staff and governors – are here to ‘Grow their own Brains! ‘.  The word ‘Yet’ is very important to our philosophy because there are many things we all cannot do….. but, it’s just ‘ yet’ because with Perseverance, Curiosity and Flexibility, and our other Learning Behaviours, we can fire the neurons in our brain to embed these new skills.


We are ready to make mistakes in our learning because we like to try hard things – we could not grow our brains on a continual diet of easy stuff! So expect hard work at Broughton, and expect to make mistakes, show humility and learn from these.


Each class has a Penguin character as a visual prompt for children to identify with as having a Growth Mindset as penguins display all of the Learning Behaviours.  We call it our Penguin Mindset!  Every child has a penguin that can be moved from the 'Comfort Zone' to the 'Stretch Zone'.  We can only Grow our Brains in the Stretch Zone, using the Growth 'Penguin' Mindset and our Learning Behaviours.

Our Vision


At Broughton Community Infant School we believe that learning should be enjoyable, purposeful and challenging.  Through our broad and balanced curriculum we aim to equip each child with the skills they need for lifelong learning.  We want each child to develop as a confident learner who can learn independently, can question and is proud of their achievements.


Through clear values (Learning Behaviours) and positive attitudes we endeavour to develop the whole child, meeting individual needs in a safe and secure environment where differences are celebrated.


We believe that positive partnerships with individual children, the whole class, staff, governors, parents and the wider community will lead to effective teaching, high standards and successful learning.


We believe that all members of our school community should work together to maintain a caring, safe and stimulating learning environment.


We believe in school and parents working together to encourage good behaviour and high attendance.


Our Aim


  • To provide an enjoyable, challenging and purposeful learning environment for every child so that they achieve their potential
  • To help all pupils acquire the values, skills, knowledge and attitudes to prepare them well for life
  • To offer a caring, happy, secure and safe learning atmosphere to enable every child to reach their potential
  • To celebrate diversity, differences and success
  • To nurture high self-esteem, confidence and pride in one's achievements
  • To build a positive partnership between children, staff, Governors, parents and the local community recognising that everyone has a valuable contribution to make


Our Mission

This is OUR motto that everyone at Broughton Infant School believes in and uses everyday.


Together we enjoy

Learning ~ Caring ~ Achieving

Please click on the link below to learn about our Learning Behaviours
Grow YOUR brain by clicking on the links below to learn about Growth Mindset!

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Researcher and professor Carol Dweck uses the term "mindset" to describe the way people think about ability and talent. Dweck delineates between two different mindsets that exist on a continuum.

4 Steps to a developing a Growth Mindset

Our Philosophy Learning Behaviors