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Top Set

Working with one of my favourite teachers this week. She told me she'd always been 'at the bottom of the top set' in school. Music, for example, she'd play pieces backwards to see what they sounded like rather than study the notes on the page.

Wider issue here around G&T and mindset. Many G&T students with fixed mindsets get where they are by studying the notes rather then playing the piece backwards. Tick all the boxes and you'll make the grade. But will this serve them well in a challenging and creative future? Is their learning surface or deep? They have the knowledge and skills but what about the attitude and values? Who knows.

Wider issue here around SEN and mindset. Many SEN students with growth mindsets get where they are by playing the piece backwards rather than studying the notes. Tick no boxes and you'll miss the grade. But will this serve them well in a challenging and creative future? Is their learning surface or deep? They have the attitude and values but do they have the knowledge and skills? Who knows.

Sounds like bottom of the top set is the place to be; SEN in a G&T context.

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