Winning Scotland has formed a partnership with the University of Bristol and the University of Cardiff Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team (PHIRST).
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the partnership will underpin an evaluation of our flagship ‘Mindset Teams’ programme, and ultimately understand its long-term potential to positively impact public health and children’s education.
Mindset Teams supports the development of a growth mindset culture in Scottish schools in order to improve learning resilience for health and education outcomes.
The programme enables teaching practitioners and senior leaders in education to work together to develop, implement and embed a growth mindset culture in schools to address pupil learning, wellbeing and ultimately attainment and inequalities.
Our earlier findings suggest that Mindset Teams positively impacts teacher perceptions and improve pupil attitudes, but the PHIRST evaluation takes a closer look at the longer term impact. Can Mindset Teams help reduce the poverty gap and improve health?
Poverty is one of the biggest causes of poor health, and a key aspect in alleviating poverty is to improve student engagement with learning. This can improve health and wellbeing and potentially address inequalities in educational outcomes.
Mindset Teams is currently delivered across 25 local authorities and more than 300 schools in Scotland, with new cohorts joining regularly. More than 60% of schools taking part have the majority of their pupils attending from Scotland’s most deprived areas (SIMD quintiles 1 and 2).
The focus of the evaluation will be on programme delivery within the primary school setting. The aims of the evaluation are to:
a) Determine the impact of the Mindset Teams intervention on outcomes relating to teachers and young people;
b) Explore the implementation, barriers and facilitators and diffusion of the Mindset Teams programme within and across schools.
The key research questions are:
1. What are the drivers and barriers for sustained mindset growth practice within and around schools?
2. What are the drivers and barriers to cultural transformation within schools?
3. How do local and national stakeholders support a mindset culture within and across schools?
4. How does the programme support diffusion of learning within and across schools?
5. What are the impacts of Mindset in Education on teacher beliefs, attitudes and awareness of growth mindset practice and health and wellbeing?
6. To what extent can routine data be used to examine the impacts of Mindset Teams on young people’s education and health outcomes (e.g. attainment, attendance and mental health and wellbeing)?
PHIRST have now allocated a research team led by Dr Kelly Morgan and Professor Simon Murphy and the project is set to run to April 2023.
Dr Morgan, Research Fellow at Cardiff University, said "Following the collaborative development of our study evaluation plans, we are very excited to be working alongside Winning Scotland in order to provide high-quality research to underpin the Mindset Teams programme."