Schools and Young People

Qualified school teacher Laura and qualified yoga teacher Dawn are delighted to be accredited providers of the  Mindfulness in Schools Project curricular.

Their combination of skills and experience make them a highly effective team when supporting young people with their mental health and wellbeing.  This, combined with the fact that between them they have 6 children ranging from 7 to 18 years means they understand the minds of children and young people better than most. The curricular they teach provides opportunities for young people of all ages to experience the benefits of a non-secular mindfulness course. The outcomes have been researched extensively by the University of  Oxford through the MYRIAD project and there is good evidence supporting the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression in young people. Evidence also supports an improvement in academic achievement, attention and an overall sense of happiness. We are more than happy to come to your school to meet and discuss different options. We would be delighted to give a FREE presentation to your staff about mindfulness in schools.

6-Week Paws b Program (7-11 Years)

‘Paws b’ is a 6-12 session curriculum for children aged 7 -11. It is offered formally as a series of lessons which often sit well within a PSHE curriculum and informally through integrating the learning and practice of mindfulness in all National Curriculum subjects and in the children’s everyday lives.

Core Teaching and Learning Intentions:

  • Specific areas of the brain and how these affect our ability to focus, make good choices, recognise when we need to steady ourselves, when our body or mind is busy or out of balance.
  • Ways that mindfulness can support them in many day-to-day activities, including concentration and memory, behavioural self- management, and in relationships with family and friends.
  • Ways to respond rather than react – and therefore make better choices and take best care of themselves and others.

The feedback from children who have taken part in Paws b 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.

You can see a summary of feedback about Paws b from over 1500 students here:   https://mindfulnessinschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Website-Feedback-for-Paws-b-NP-1.pdf

If you would like us to come and give a FREE presentation at your school or if you would like to know more please complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch.

10-Week .b Program (11-18 Years)

‘.b’ is a 10 session curriculum for young people aged 11-18 and is offered formally as a series of lessons which often sit well within a PSHE curriculum and informally through integrating the learning and practice of mindfulness in all National Curriculum subjects and in the children’s everyday lives.

Core Teaching and Learning Intentions:

  • To improve their concentration and focus, in classes, in exams and tests, on the sports field, when playing games, when paying attention and listening to others.
  • To fulfil their potential and pursue their own goals e.g. be more creative, more relaxed – both academically and personally.
  • To experience greater well-being (e.g. feel happier, calmer, more fulfilled).
  • To work with difficult mental states such as anxious thoughts and low moods.
  • To cope with the everyday stresses and strains of adolescent life such as exams, relationships, sleep problems, family issues.

The feedback from students who take part in .b is very positive.  We would encourage you to follow the link to the page of the Mindfulness in Schools Project website where you where you can read comments from over 1400 students, having taken part in the .b programme: https://mindfulnessinschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Website-Feedback-for-.b-NP-1.pdf

If you would like us to come and give a FREE presentation at your school or if you would like to know more please complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch.

4-Week .breathe Program (9-14 Years)

The classroom-based mindfulness curriculum I offer is 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.

Core Teaching and Learning Intentions:

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

If you would like us to come and give a FREE presentation at your school or if you would like to know more please complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch.

6 – Week ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ Program – Staff & Parents

The 6-Week ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ Course is a great introduction to mindfulness. The course is based on the traditional eight-week Mindfulness course programmes (MBSR and MBCT), but the key learning points and practices have been distilled into a slightly shorter format.

The course consists of six, 1.5-hour sessions and includes 20 minutes of home practice per day between sessions. Through guided meditations, group dialogue, individually tailored instructions and home assignments, you will learn the essential principles of mindfulness and techniques to build your personal home practice and access the wide-ranging benefits well beyond the course.

Core Teaching and Learning Intentions:

  • A variety of formal and informal mindfulness meditation practices, which involve using the breath and body as a focus for being aware of our experience in the present moment;
  • Understanding the physiology of stress and how to self-regulate our moods, so that we are better able to pause in challenging situations and manage our responses more effectively.
  • Recognising the patterns of worrying and self-criticism that often generate more stress; and how we can relate to ourselves with a more accepting and kind stance.
  • Learning to have more mindful communication, connections and relationships.
  • Developing practical self-care tools to help us thrive, perform at our best and build resilience. Complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch.

Resources Included:

  • A copy of  the text Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams
  • Downloadable guided meditations
  • The course teacher and administrators are also available for any urgent questions that come up between the sessions.

If you would like us to come and give a FREE presentation at your school or if you would like to know more please complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch

 

 

Half Day and One Day Student Wellness Workshop (7-18 Years)

Our Wellness Workshops are a great way of providing a mindfulness ‘taster’ for your students.  The workshops can by tailored to suit different year groups and we can offer a half or full day.

Core Teaching and Learning Intentions:

  • Mini mindfulness meditation
  • Exploring our feeling and moods
  • Investigating sleep and nutrition
  • Learning about different ways of looking after ourselves
  • Discussing and exploring the pros and cons of social media (for older children)

All our workshops are delivered in a gentle, non-judgmental way providing time and space to exploring different ways of looking ofter ourselves.

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One Day Teacher and Staff Wellness Workshop

Teachers are one of the most important groups of people on the planet and at Evolve Mindfulness we believe in providing opportunities for all teachers to learn ways of looking after and nourishing themselves.  Investing in teachers’ mental health has never been more important, this workshop is the perfect way to start or finish a term and can be offered as a staff INSET training day.

Core Teaching and Learning Intentions:

  • Fun and relaxed way to learn about mindfulness
  • Mini meditations
  • Exploring stress and ways of managing stress
  • Looking at communication between colleagues and students
  • Developing practical self-care tools to help us thrive, perform at our best and build resilience

Complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch.

Bespoke School Wellness Workshop or Programme

We have the ability to put together a truly unique experience based on the age and needs of your students.  Drawing on our collective experience and knowledge around mindfulness, yoga, sleep, nutrition, exercise & outdoor adventure we can create an interactive workshop that provides your students with the opportunity to explore different aspects of looking after themselves – both physically and mentally – in the twenty first century. We can come to you and use your school premises or we can plan a workshop at the Evolve Mindfulness headquarters using our woodland and meadow, or we could provide an ‘on the water’ experience.

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