Mindfulness in Schools
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it is unfolding, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance (Kabat-Zinn 1996).

Slide11Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, mindfulness trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is actually happening right now, be that good or bad. This includes paying close attention to inner states such as thoughts, emotions and physical sensations, as well as to what is happening in the outside world.

Mindfulness is a way of preparing young people for later life; by teaching them techniques which will enable them to better understand their emotions and process them in an appropriate way. It promotes open mindedness, curiosity, kindness, acceptance, trust and patience within young people.

Benefits of Mindfulness for Teachers

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Working with students and teachers (and others in education environments), our team  know first hand the stresses they are facing.  For our young people there is a focus on passing examinations and progression as just two examples.  But there are many other stressors which might include challenging home environments and life circumstances.  For those students who are diagnosed with depression, anxiety and stress as well other issues, by learning to focus their attention and be less reactive is a positive start. Indeed, National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) now recommend Mindfulness practise based on the overriding evidence for significantly improving mental health and well-being.

Students Who Reported Reduced Stress **

Benefits of Mindfulness for Students

Studies show that practising Mindfulness encourages more careful decision-making. Young people will empathise more, learn from each other and discover how to make the most of relationships, know how to balance ‘doing’ and ‘being’.

Making good use of Mindfulness is a modern life skill as important as any curriculum subject. Learning how to live in the ‘now’ – to make a habit of being aware of the present moment – enables students to notice their thoughts and emotions, identify a difference between impulses and actions.

Overall, *research indicates that practising Mindfulness leads to:

reductions in stress; better mental health; greater well-being; increased kindness and compassion; better physical health; increased cognitive performance and learning.

Benefits of Mindfulness for Teachers

Suspension rates down by **

Leaders Mindfulness

Teachers on our programme reported an improved ability to deal with stressful situations; manage their time more effectively; make better decisions and relate to others better. They were more aware of their emotions, in tune with their bodily sensations when happy or stressed enabling them appreciate or adjust accordingly.

Improvements in well-being: Average wellness score of the Teachers improved by 31% over 8 sessions

Mindfulness for Teachers - Foundation Programme


Our Mindfulness for Teachers Foundation course offers a unique 3 Step training programme using a blended learning Online Trainingapproach of in-person and online training.  This programme enables teachers to gain sound knowledge and understanding into Mindfulness as a practice to use in their workplace and home life, to then teach Mindfulness-based techniques to young people in an educational setting.

Depending on the flexible nature of the programme a group or individual may complete the programme in six to nine months. We encourage and develop the teachers on this programme to become Mindfulness Champions for their school.

Step 1
Teacher Mindfulness-based course

An 8-week Mindfulness-based Intervention course which is an adapted version of the Mindfulness-based Stress Response (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course to suit teachers

Duration: 2 hours after school (Typically 4pm – 6pm)

Step 2
Teacher Self-practice

Teacher-led experiential practice in work settings with an exploratory element that may include school pupil involvement, this encourages teachers to develop their own Mindfulness practice within the classroom alongside the pupils. Self- exploratory practice encourages them to build up a ‘tool-kit’ of Mindfulness exercises which can be shared in the monthly meetings.

  • Duration 3-6 months
  • Monthly meetings facilitated by Trainers – to include feedback, peer support and trainer guidance
  • Optional: Our community of teachers are invited to join a private online Community to provide continual peer support and discussion
Step 3
Train the Teacher

A 3 day course to equip teachers to roll out Mindfulness in schools with tools, teacher notes for 40 minute sessions in school (including after school-clubs)

  • Over the 3 days, school teachers will be taught the lessons in ‘real time’ with opportunities to discuss the pedagogy of each lesson and how it can best be taught to a group of young people in different settings.
  • Importantly we will encourage teachers to evaluate the children’s perceived progress in their Mindfulness practice and encourage teachers to feedback results in order to monitor progress within the school.
Teacher Commitment

It is imperative that teachers fully embody the principles of Mindfulness before they can introduce Mindfulness in a meaningful way to the students and within the school setting. Adopting Mindfulness as a way of ‘being’ and integrating it into work and life will involve personal development and therefore requires commitment, openness to learning and acceptance of change. Thus, we ask that your school chooses ‘volunteers’ who are ready to undertake this personal development and out of school hours commitment.

Teacher Support

For schools wishing to participate in this initiative it is important that your teacher(s) chosen to ‘champion’ Mindfulness into your school are fully supported with respect to training commitments, being open to their own Mindfulness development and allowing them to discuss any initiatives that arise from this training in order to integrate Mindfulness into your school e.g. (optional) Assemblies, after schools clubs, break-time Mindfulness classes etc.

Additional Supervision

We strongly recommend that all teachers embarking on this programme take up supervision with one of our Mindfulness trainers. Whilst supervision is optional, with additional costs, we have a 3 session package which will be adequate for the duration of the 9 month programme, (£150 +VAT).  Sessions last up to one hour and are conducted over the phone or via Skype, for your convenience.

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FROM THE ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON MINDFULNESS

Education
“These positive effects are often apparent three years after taking a course and relatively short inputs produce discernible results”