Shaun Callan

Primary Teacher

St. Stephen’s Primary School

  • Growth Mindset

What happens when goal setting is introduced into the classroom?


My background before entering teaching was Human resource management, with a particular focus on motivating employees. Since joining teaching I have adapted my previous knowledge and been able to apply it in a classroom setting. I have found it a challenging to motivate a particular group of children in my class. This group do not respond as effectively to extrinsic rewards as other pupils in the class. This led my decision making process when enquiring whether introducing goal setting more frequently would improve the quantity and quality of pupil work.


The aim of this enquiry was to investigate if goal setting would improve a group of pupils’ quality and quality of work. It was also hoped that by agreeing these goals with students that they would be more intrinsically motivated in their own learning.

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