Failing in school this year

I am really looking forward to seeing our children fail in school this year. Well, what I am really looking forward to is seeing how our wonderful pupils REACT to failure this year. Because, if they react to failure well, with a growth mindset and resilience – they will not really be failing at all! They will be treating their mistakes and their struggles with the correct attitude – that FAIL really means :


I am also really interested in what our pupils think failing means. I know what it has traditionally meant – that we have got something wrong, made a mistake, can’t do something, are bad at maths or sport or music or whatever.

I can tell you now – not one person at Lever House will ever let any child say they can’t learn something or do something. We believe in our pupils and we believe everyone can succeed.

The children might not have a skill YET, or play the instrument competently YET, or hit the target with the ball YET – or do long multiplication YET…. but they WILL.

Obviously, if a child says I am going to jump up to the moon – they won’t be able to do that, but some children see this as impossible as doing multiplication. Some children used to say I can’t do maths, or I’m not good at writing. Well here we are in September. I have just asked all our pupils to be resilient, have a growth mindset and believe in themselves as much as we believe in them.

That was the easy bit – now for the HARD WORK from our staff and our active learners to make the learning happen. Having resilience, a growth mindset and belief in yourself is hard, and so is the effort needed to be put in to succeed. So…. let’s do it and let’s have a great year of learning.


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About Mr Hurst

I am proud to be the headteacher at Lever House Primary School. I love learning and feel so lucky to be involved in the education of children. I work with wonderful people and am always looking to make things at school fun and exciting.
I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and Lever House is the Apple Regional Training Centre for Lancashire West.

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