The A Level Mindset – Revised Edition

40 activities for transforming student commitment, motivation and productivity

By: Steve Oakes , Martin Griffin


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Size: 234 x 184mm

ISBN: 9781785830242

Format: Paperback

Published: September 2021

Pages: 192

In The A Level Mindset: 40 activities for transforming student commitment, motivation and productivity, Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin share the secrets of coaching students to develop the characteristics, habits and mindsets which will help them realise their potential.

During their combined 40 plus years of teaching and coaching, Steve and Martin have discovered something important: those students who make real and sustained progress at A level aren’t necessarily the ones with superb GCSEs. Some students leap from average results in Year 11 to outstanding results in Year 13, while others seem to hit a ceiling. But why?

It was in trying to answer this question that the VESPA system emerged. Steve and Martin have cut through the noise surrounding character development and identified five key characteristics that all students need in order to be successful: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude.These characteristics beat cognition hands down.

Having pinned down the core traits that contribute to student success, the authors have developed a range of practical activities to help every student develop the A Level Mindset: 40 concrete, easy-to-use and applicable tools and strategies that will supercharge learners’ ambition, organisation, productivity, persistence and determination.

And in this revised edition Steve and Martin present a range of case studies and useful advice on effective implementation to guide schools towards putting the VESPA model into practice. Furthermore, they have also revamped the introductions to each aspect of the VESPA model with updated insights and references.

Suitable for teachers, tutors, heads of sixth form or anyone else who wants to help A level students achieve their potential.

Click here to view the related title The A Level Mindset Student Workbook.

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Steve Oakes

Steve Oakes has 20 years of experience as a teacher in the UK and the UAE. Prior to his current position, Steve was the assistant director of sixth form at The Blue Coat School in Oldham, where he worked with his co-author, Martin Griffin, for eight years. He is currently the founding head of sixth form at Hartland International School, Dubai.

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Martin Griffin

Martin Griffin has 20 years’ experience teaching post-16 students, and has been a head of faculty, assistant head teacher and deputy head teacher. He was the director of sixth form at The Blue Coat School and now works with schools and colleges to design and implement character development and mindset programmes.



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