Mindfulness in the classroom - training plus resource pack

One in six school-aged children in the UK has a mental health problem. This is an alarming rise from one in ten in 2004 and one in nine in 2017. Children are becoming increasingly more stressed. They’re not alone - according to research, most teachers experience job stress at least two to four times a day, with more than 75% of teachers’ health problems attributed to stress.

Introducing mindfulness into the classroom has been found to have real benefits including increased focus, attention, self-control, classroom participation and compassion; improved academic performance, ability to resolve conflict and overall well-being; and decreased levels of stress, depression, anxiety and disruptive behaviour.

 

This training session and resource pack aims to help teachers integrate mindfulness into a school’s culture. You can run through the training session online, or just jump in and use the resource pack that comes in printed and electronic format.  It has different exercises suitable for primary & secondary pupils.

Session 1 - Introduction

  • Introduction to mindfulness

  • The impact of mindfulness on children and young people.

  • The 6 components of mindfulness

Session 2 - Breath Awareness

  • What it is & why it’s important. Examples of ways to experience this in the school setting.

  • Exercises - 1. Birthday Cake Breathing 2. Five Finger Fish Meditation 3. Pin wheel Breathing 4. Breathing Colour 5. ‘Exam Buster’ breathing exercise 6. Short meditation and reflection

 

Session 3 - Tuning into the Body - The Five Senses

  • What it is & why it’s important.   Examples of ways to experience this in the school setting.

  • Exercises - 1. Yoga - Yoga For Children + Classroom Yoga 2. Spidey Senses and Chocolate Raisins 3. 12345 Grounding 4. Smelly Jar Game 5. Happy Place Visualisation 6. Body Scan and Reflection

 

Session 4 - Non-judgemental Acceptance

  • What it is & why it’s important. Examples of ways to build this in the school setting.

  • Exercises - 1. Glitter Jar 2.‘Today I Feel’ Check In 3. Feelings Thermometer 4. STOP  Acronym         5. Cloud visualisation

 

Session 5 - Curiosity and Reflection

  • What it is & why it’s important. Examples of ways to build this in the school setting.

  • Exercises - 1. Safari Walk 2. Rainbow Walk 3. Feelings Diary 4. Guided Imagery 5. Journalling 6. Nature Walk

 

Session 6 - Self Compassion

  • What it is & why it’s important. Examples of ways to build this in the school setting.

  • Exercises - 1. Self Portrait 2. Positive Self Talk 3. Loving Kindness Meditation

 

Session 7 - Gratitude 

  • What it is & why it’s important. Examples of ways to build this in the school setting.

  • Exercises - 1. Gratitude Tree/ Flower/ Turkey/ Wall 2. M&M Gratitude Game 3. Sunburst Sheet 4.Thankful Nature Walk 5. Week of Gratitude 6. Gratitude Jar 7. Daily journal

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND / COURSE STRUCTURE
This course is designed for all teaching staff and any staff that spend time with pupils. The sessions are delivered over the internet and each session has a video presentation with accompanying notes. ALL the exercises are included in an electronic AND printed resource pack.  There is a short assignment at the end of the training, and a certificate will be issued to each person on completion.

 

PRICING
The 7-session course costs £99 per school and multiple staff can attend from each school for this price. Or you can purchase this course PLUS our ‘Mental Wellbeing through Resilience for Pupils’ course for £150.