Mindfulness workshops for schools

Teacher’s Inset day Mindfulness workshops

CREATING MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM

How to use Mindfulness in classrooms

This teacher inset day workshop will offer guidance and practical tools for improving emotional well being in your school.

As a nation we’re under greater stress than ever, and with symptoms including anger, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, breathlessness and chest pains, it’s something that needs to be addressed.

Tight school budgets, increased pressure on student grades, longer hours and more paperwork for the teaching staff are some of the many challenges faced by professional working educational environment in the UK. There seems to be a lot going on and as such, wellbeing of both teachers and their learners may be viewed as an option rather than as essential part of any school plan.

More than ever, people are talking about mindfulness.

The wellbeing of staff and students is a vital factor for quality, good performance and productive learning. When teachers are overwhelmed, they may disengaged and will not enjoy their work and eventually leave the jobs.

It is important for schools to help their teaching staff to understand how they can help themselves and their students to access behaviours that increase wellbeing.

Being Mindful

Being mindful means paying attention to the present moment, exactly as it is. It is really hard to be anxious if you are completely focused on the present moment – what you are sensing and doing RIGHT NOW … and NOW … and NOW.

(That is, what you are doing and sensing right now). Mindfulness also means paying attention to current experiences, without making judgments or evaluations about them: for example, if you were in front of a tree and were going to look at it mindfully, you could notice how tall it was, that the leaves were lime green, the way the sun sparkles between the leaves, and how the bark on the trunk is rough, rather than evaluating whether the tree is beautiful or ugly.

Being in the present moment is very different than what we usually do when we are anxious: live in our heads and think about all the things that could go wrong in the future, or ruminate and dwell on regrets from the past.

Research/ Evidence:

There is reasonably strong evidence for 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.

The evidence from the studies done so far conclude that:

  1. Mindfulness for children in school is easy to carry out and fits into a wide range of contexts and can be enjoyed by both pupils and teachers
  2. Well conducted mindfulness interventions can help improve mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of children who take part. It can reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and behaviour, improves sleep and self-esteem and can cause calmness, relaxation and ability to manage behaviour, elf awareness and empathy.

Mindfulness can contribute directly to the development of cognition and performance skills and function of children. It can help children pay better attention, be more focused and improve their memory and enhance better problem solving.

My mindfulness INSET training sessions can be delivered for teachers to equip them to then share the acquired skills and ideas with their students. I will ensure that teachers are equipped with resources to continue mindfulness practices back in the classroom.

My INSET day training sessions will provide you with a blend of basic theory and practical, fun, inclusive easy to apply skills, to take back to the classroom and use every day for increasing engagement, learning and motivation.

Participants in Mindfulness workshops for schools will…

  • 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
  • Have a great day!

My Mindfulness workshops are designed to maximise participation. This workshop includes props and accessories to aid learning

What we needs to succeed…

  • Number of participants
  • Length of workshop
  • 1-2 hour per Group

Suitable for

KS1 / P1 – 3

Space needed

A large clear space (preferably a school hall or Classroom) please let me know if you have any special requirements!

My workshops can be structured into one-hour, two-hour, or half day –Moring or afternoon training sessions,

If you are looking to book a workshop for your school, get in touch now and we can get dates reserved for you.