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PSYCHOLOGISTS from the University of Portsmouth have won £290,000 to help 100 schools across England change minds and improve the futures of 11-year-olds.

The trial is part of a £5m campaign launched by the Education Endowment Foundation to help schools improve learning and character in school pupils.

Portsmouth scientists will examine whether teachers can help Year 6 pupils by teaching them that their grades can be improved through dedication and hard work.

The project was one of six that won match-funding from the Department for Education to encourage schools’ development of character traits like motivation, grit and resilience.

Sherria Hoskins, head of psychology, is the project leader.

She said: ‘Character-based projects like ours aim to transform the way pupils are encouraged to aim higher and perform better at school 
with the support of their teachers.

‘This is the second substantial grant we have won from EEF to continue this work which has the potential to influence pupils resilience and attainment but most importantly their belief in their ability to develop throughout their lives.’