"Absolutely brilliant, really opened up my mind to effort and how you did it within about 6 minutes from both videos is just amazing. Good job."
"This is a great idea! This will likely help in my revision and upcoming sixth form tasks! Normally, I can't stand doing work at home for more than 2 hours and this might just motivate me to work harder and do more work!"
"I like this idea, because I always struggle to find motivation for something if I don't feel any personal benefit from it. This method will definitely help me to feel like I'm getting an advantage from my hard work."
"I love this technique as it allows you to think more logically about your goals. Also saying why you need to achieve your goals can increase motivation"
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Steve was the Assistant Director of the Blue Coat Sixth Form for eight years. He has developed programmes to improve student mindsets across all key stages including a Y8 Ignite Curriculum, Y11 'Boys on Board Programme', KS4 Mental Toughness and the A Level Mindset. Steve is currently completing a PhD in VESPA at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Martin is a writer and educational speaker. He was previously Deputy Head Teacher at the Blue Coat School in Oldham, and Head of Sixth Form Education. He’s been a head of department and head of faculty and has a keen interest in raising attainment through culture and expectations.
Tony has over 20 years experience, undertaking a number of different roles, including Head of 6th Form and Director of Specialism. He is an advocate of digital learning and a google certified educator. He has extensive experience developing digital learning programmes and has been responsible for developing our digital offer, including the VESPA Psychometric and Tutor resources.
"The A Level Mindset has successfully integrated research and practice into an excellent user guide. It will be a valuable resource for students, teachers, parents and carers. The tools and techniques described are both workable and relevant."
"Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin have carefully drawn on research evidence and combined this with their extensive practical knowledge to create an informative guide for teachers, parents and students."
"Oakes and Griffin have produced a remarkable resource that offers a significant guide to enhancing teaching and learning at A level, but with implications beyond years 12 and 13. They have developed a coherent strategy to empower student understanding and help them become confident, self-managing and self-aware learners."