Mindful Schools

A complete mindfulness training programme for staff and children that can transform your primary school

Andy’s teaching style is fun, relaxed and informal. All workshops are aimed at complete beginners and include materials for continued learning.  The staff and children’s sessions are both interactive and include guided meditations, group work, games and some gentle yoga poses.

The need for mindfulness in schools

“Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success
 and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills”. (Young minds – Prioritising Wellbeing in Schools report)

  • 1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder – that’s roughly 3 children in every classroom.
  • London has the highest proportion of children reporting low life satisfaction in the UK.
  • Almost 1 in 4 children and young people show some evidence of mental ill health (including anxiety and depression).
  • In 2015, suicide was the most common cause of death for both boys and girls aged between 5 and 19 (17% and 11% of all deaths respectively).
  • 39,500 children in the UK have clinically significant levels of anxiety.
  • In a UN study in 2013, the UK ranked 24th out of the 29 countries for educational wellbeing, which considered participation rates and achievement levels. Children in England were also ranked 14th out of 15 countries for overall happiness with life in the Children’s World Study (2014).
  • The number of young people calling Childline about mental health problems has risen by 36% in the last four years.

The YouGov survey of 1,323 school children in Britain also determined how feelings of being ‘worried or sad’ affected their wellbeing and behaviour, finding that: 

  • nearly four in ten (38%) said that it caused them difficulty with going to sleep
  • more than a quarter (27%) said they got into fights or arguments 
  • more than one in four (26%) said that it caused them to struggle to do their homework
  • more than one in four (27%) didn’t want to be around others. 

Sources

Mindful Schools Programme Structure

Session 1: Learn mindfulness: level one (staff)

A 1.5 hour experiential workshop introducing the key concepts of mindfulness based stress reduction and the basics of meditation.

Session 2: Learn mindfulness: level two (staff)

A two hour experiential mindfulness workshop. This will cover managing stress, working with challenging behaviour and how to integrate mindfulness into the school day.

Session 3: Your peaceful place (children)

One day of mindfulness workshops for KS1 and KS2 classes split into two half days. These workshops will teach children the basics of mindfulness. The sessions are fun and interactive and include mindful games and short guided meditations.

Session 4: Mindfulness booster day (children)

A full day of mindfulness workshops for KS1 and KS2 classes. This is an opportunity for children to share their personal challenges and learn some new mindfulness skills.

Included materials
  1. Two x 10 day ‘Learn Mindfulness’ audio courses for all staff
  2. Four guided meditation audio tracks for staff to help with sleep, stress, focus and anxiety
  3. A mindfulness in schools guide for staff. This includes how to facilitate mindful games with the children
  4. A daily mindfulness planner for classes
  5. Eight guided meditation audio tracks with Andy’s popular background music to use in class.

Key themes covered in children’s guided audio tracks:

  • emotional literacy
  • self-regulation
  • confidence
  • self esteem
  • worries
  • restlessness
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • creativity
  • imagination

To book the mindful schools programme, or to discuss your school’s needs email andy@mindfulnessforall.com or call 07793 548 352

Main benefits of mindfulness for children

  • reduces levels of anxiety
  • improves classroom behaviour
  • improves attention
  • improves overall wellbeing

Main benefits of mindfulness for staff

  • increases productivity and creativity
  • increases resilience in stressful situations
  • reduces levels of anxiety
  • improves working relationships