I run 1 day emotional wellbeing and Mindfulness workshops for Schools to support both primary and secondary school Teachers and Students in Southwest England, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall.
Why Mindfulness is Needed in Education in the UK
Healthy stress is a natural part of life, including childhood. We all need to be challenged at some point in our life to develop and grow-Children and adults alike. However, in the modern-day education system, healthy stress is frequently displaced by toxic stress. Toxic stress occurs when life’s demands consistently outpace our ability to cope with those demands.
Toxic stress can affect: Attention, emotion and mood regulation, sleep and learning readiness daily in classrooms. Even more troubling, prolonged exposure to childhood toxic stress could have lifelong impacts on mental and physical wellbeing.
For the Teacher:
Toxic stress starts as decreased productivity and creativity, escalating to more serious symptoms like frequent anxiety, dissociation, frustration, and, eventually, burnout. A significant number of teachers in the UK leave the profession each year.
We all would agree with the fact that teaching these days is stressful, highly challenging, teachers can be underpaid, undervalued, and often face harsh scrutiny. On top of looking after their own physical and mental wellbeing, teachers must care for the mental well-being of their pupils and students too.
For the Parents
Toxic stress can lead to a parenting style that looks more like a “to-do” list, rather than an empathic, emotionally available relationship with a developing child. Exposure to parental stress in early childhood has been shown to impact gene expression even years later in adolescence.
Mindfulness as a solution:
Because the roots of toxic stress lie deep in the nervous system, we need tools that go beyond the conceptual mind to directly target that system. To transform our habitual responses, we need to regularly practise skills where we are not in “fight – flight – freeze” mode.
Mindfulness is not a quick fix, teachers can’t teach it, students, unless they’ve experienced the benefits themselves. It is important for schools to help their teaching staff to understand how they can help themselves and their pupils and students to access behaviours that increase wellbeing. The Acorn therapy School INSET day emotional wellbeing and Mindfulness workshops are designed to meet two of the major needs for teachers in the UK today
What are the benefits for Students:
No one should claim that mindfulness is a cure for everything! Nevertheless, there is reasonably strong evidence for the positive impact of mindfulness on a number of social, mental, physical, emotional, learning and cognition and wellbeing conditions among adults. There is also evidence from Neural science and brain imaging that mindfulness and meditation can reliably and significantly change the structure of the brain and how it functions, which can improve how people feel and think.
Mindfulness can contribute directly to the development of cognition and performance skills and function of children.
It can also help children:
- Reducing anxiety, depression and stress
- Improving emotional stability, making it easier to manage difficult emotions
- Improving sleep
- Improving concentration and pay better attention
- Improving learning and memory, be more focused and improve their memory and enhance better problem-solving.
- It can help improve relationships and behaviours throughout the school.
What are the benefits for Teachers
Emotional wellbeing and mindfulness in schools is not just about children and students; it is also very much about those who care for them like the teachers in this case.
- Attention; Strengthens our “mental muscle” for bringing the focus back where we want it when we want it.
- Compassion; Awareness of our own thoughts, emotions, and senses grows our understanding of what other people are experiencing.
- Emotional Regulation; Observing our emotions helps us recognize when they occur, to see their transient nature, and to change how we respond to them.
- Calming; Breathing and other mindfulness practices relax the body and mind, giving access to peace independent of external circumstances.
- Adaptability; Becoming aware of our patterns enables us to gradually change habitual behaviours wisely.
- Resilience; Seeing things objectively reduces the amount of narrative we add to the world’s natural ups and downs, giving us greater balance.
How to use Mindfulness in classrooms
Our workshops are designed for under-resourced public schools in the UK facing high turnover rates and toxic stress. We offer teachers practical skills for self-care, facilitation, and connecting with students, providing simple, effective mindfulness practices that can be integrated into the classroom day and adapted for diverse environments.
What we do during the Teachers workshops;
Our creative mindfulness workshops use innovative techniques to provide Teachers and Students with the tools to practice mindfulness and breathing techniques both at school and at home. We encourage children to talk about their feelings and puts in place tools to help manage stress.
- Explore the concept of mindfulness
- Take part in basic mindfulness exercises that can be used in the classroom
- Explore resilience, and skills and strategies that will help to be resilient
- Explore how to communicate how they are feeling
- Hands-on Practical, inclusive mindful African drumming and music-making
- Have a fun day!
My Mindfulness workshops are designed to maximise participation. This workshop includes props and accessories to aid learning
Do you want to find out more?
Are you interested in bringing these benefits to your school community?
Please get in touch today using the form and take a step towards a happier school.