Mindfulness in Schools

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Helen has trained with Mindfulness in Schools Project and is able to offer schools a classroom based mindfulness curriculum called .breathe (pronounced ‘dot breathe’).

.breathe is a four-session programme aimed at the school ‘transition’ years of ages 9-14. It can be taught as part of a broader Personal, Health, Social and Economic Education (PSHE) curriculum or as part of a ‘transition-specific’ programme in Years 5-9.

In particular, .breathe explores issues around:

  1. Working with concentration and focus; exploring how we can work with a wandering mind.
  2. Why humans worry, and how to support ourselves when we do so.
  3. Sleep: why it is important and what to do if we struggle to sleep well.
  4. Being with others: the opportunities and challenges of working skillfully with friendships and other relationships, both in person and online.

Each session includes:

  • Learning about key areas of the brain and how they support us in our everyday activities
  • Some introductory mindfulness practices
  • Animations
  • Discussions
  • Exercises they can try in their own time

.breathe was developed by Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) as part of a large scale research project called ‘Healthy Minds’. Bounce Forward, in partnership with the London School of Economics (LSE), secured funding from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to test a personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) curriculum aimed at 11-14 year-olds in UK schools.

The overall conclusions from the research were very positive, with statistically significant improvements across a full range of Health-Related Quality of Life, behavioural and emotional well-being measures.

.breathe is now available as a stand-alone programme.

The feedback from children who have previously taken part in .breath is very positive. They report enjoying the lessons and find the learning supports them in a broad range of situations from being able to concentrate and focus more easily in school to helping them feel calmer in exams and competitions. Many have described sharing the learning with other family members and finding it helps them with their relationships with family and friends.

Should you be interested in reading further about the body of research evidence around the potential benefits of mindfulness for young people, please do have a look at the following page on https://mindfulnessinschools.org/mindfulness-in-education/why-do-it/

Please contact helen@childcommunication.co.uk to find out more or to book a course for your school.