The Mindfulness in Schools Programme (MiSP) was started by two school teachers and mindfulness practitioners in 2009 to deliver the benefits of mindfulness to children aged 7-18 year old in the classroom. MiSP now has charity status and works very closely with Oxford University to research the effects of mindfulness on student and teacher wellbeing. .b is the original curriculum taught to students age 11 to 18 years old. Paws b is a similar programme but adapted to be suitable for students 7-11 years old. Studies have shown lower stress, greater wellbeing and fewer depressive symptoms in students who have been through the MiSP programme. A larger study through Oxford University is currently underway to study the long term impact of mindfulness teaching in childhood called the MYRIAD study.
Mindfulness is schools also supports the well-being of teachers through mindfulness training. Studies have shown teachers who learn mindfulness have a reduction in stress, better mental health and well-being, better physical health, increased cognitive performance and enhanced job performance.
Simply Mindfulness can support schools in a variety of ways depending on your needs. Options include:
Mindfulness Workshops for staff, students and/or parents
8-Week Mindfulness Course for staff
Paws.b and .b courses delivered by a qualified teacher
Mindfulness school clubs
Please contact us if you would like more information about how to bring mindfulness into your school.
What teachers say:
“I can predict that in a busy school and with the fast-paced life I lead that I will need to use a mindfulness practice either in the future or regularly. Debbie has been informative, knowledgeable, positive and approachable throughout and I will miss not having our weekly sessions! Thank you!”
“It’s made me take a good look at the way I live and act. Through this I plan on continuing with guided mindfulness and to roll this out to my pupils in form period.”
What 6-9 year olds say when asked “When will you use mindfulness?”:
“When I’m angry.”
“To help me get to sleep.”
“When I wake up to help me have a calm day.”
“After a busy day and I still have lots of homework.”
“To help me persevere.”
What teenagers say:
“I was unsure about this when mum first mentioned it to me. But I have found that I have improved massively since I first started. For a person who gets stressed and anxious easily, which leads me to go down the Exhaustion Funnel, I can now see a way out. This has been so useful, especially for later life. Thank you.”
“It has been really helpful in making me be able to see when I am stressed; being easily angered; or am being annoying to other people. This means I can stop this and it has improved relationships with people.”
Some families have opted to learn mindfulness together which has been a very rewarding experience for all or arrange for private mindfulness classes for their children and teens. If you or your children wish to learn mindfulness in a more flexible way, you may wish to consider arranging a private course. Older teenagers and adults can be taught with the traditional 8 week Mindfulness Course format. Younger teens and children are taught mindfulness skills based on the Mindfulness in Schools Project Paws.b and .b programmes. Please contact us to discuss private options.
What parents say:
“It has helped me cope with life with teenagers. It has helped my family to have conversations with some terminology. We have all taken different things away, but all benefitted. If has given the flesh behind the app and as a consequence I am much more likely to continue with it and return to it.” September 2017.
“It was a brilliant course, my boys absolutely loved it and can’t wait to tell all their school friends and teachers about it. They have learnt some amazing tools and I have no doubt we will do other courses with you in the future. Thank you for teaching us to be mindful and have so much fun at the same time.” March 2019
Please read these testimonials from people who have attended a Simply Mindfulness course