I’ve taught mindfulness to primary and secondary learners and am always blown away by their responses and their stories of how it helps them. I’m still happy to do this but I’ve come to believe that learners get the best experience when mindfulness is embedded in their school day, so it makes sense for staff in the school to be trained to deliver the programmes and to establish a mindful environment throughout the school.
Mindfulness for learners is a skill and a practice rather than a theory – rather like sport and drama. In the same way you would expect your children to be taught to swim by a qualified swimming teacher, you should expect children to be taught mindfulness by someone who has undertaken the relevant training. As a skill it requires regular practice and some effort, to learn a way of being rather than doing, relating to experience in a novel way, kindly, gently, non-striving, letting go.
Many professional musicians, elite sportspeople and performers of all kinds use mindfulness as part of their training – our learners will be in great company!
Our emphasis is on building capacity in education settings to enable them to develop a strategic plan to introduce mindfulness throughout the organisation. The most effective way to achieve this is to enable as many staff as possible to complete one of the basis 8 session mindfulness courses including .b Foundations, Finding Peace in a Frantic World, .begin or The Present for Adults.
If you’d like to introduce the learners’ programmes before you’ve been able to train staff to deliver in house we can provide Paws b for KS2 or .b for KS3/4, or The Present for Adults (or in this case older young people) for Y12/13.
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Paws b (7-11 year olds)
Taught in 12 half hours or 6 hour long sessions, Paws b provides Y3-6 with an understanding of how their minds work and a range of tools to help them cope, connect, flourish and empower change.
.b (11-18 year olds)
An introduction and 9 lessons providing young people with the skills and understanding to use mindfulness across their everyday lives. .b helps with focus and concentration, emotion regulation, sleep, relationships, stress, anxiety and appreciation.
The Present (3-14 year olds)
The Present for Children is designed to be used mainly with primary aged children in schools, including nursery. It weaves learning about mindfulness, wellbeing and neuroscience into activities that typically take place throughout a school day, as well as at home. The Present is best taught by staff who are working with the children in their everyday school lives.
Mindfulness for Parents and Carers
Many learners who have experienced mindfulness in school engage people at home in what they have learnt, but even better would be to include parents in mindfulness training wherever possible. Some schools have reached the point where they have a member of staff trained to teach adults so have the capacity to train other staff and adults in the community such as lunchtime supervisors, parents, carers and governors. The Mindfulness Toolkit suggests the involvement of parents/carers is a key factor in successful wellbeing programmes.
https://www.mindfulfamilies.co.uk has relevant courses and information