Creating a Mindful School
Mindfulness is the art of staying in the moment. It is having an awareness of our thoughts, emotions, body sensations and environment without judging or being distracted by the worries and pressures of everyday life.
Within our schools there is increasing pressure to achieve for both staff and children alike. This, alongside managing the increasingly apparent mental health difficulties we are seeing in children and young people, means that schools are seeking ways to make a difference in supporting and understanding the emotional and well-being needs of their pupils and employees.
Research suggests that mindfulness can have a positive impact upon both students and staff as it enables them to feel more relaxed, focused and subsequently reduces the likelihood of student disruptive behaviours. Developing a mindful ethos within schools can help to support difficulties with self-regulation, including emotional and behavioural control which can so often lead to significant distress and difficulty for students and those professionals who work to support them. Such skills are transferrable outside of the classroom environment and can help individuals raise their awareness of how to manage potential obstacles in order to successfully achieve their goals, both academically and personally.
This workshop aims to give professionals the time to stop and reflect upon the everyday challenges their own schools face and consider how best to support the whole system (staff and pupils) in order to create a more ‘mindful school’, increasing resilience and improving outcomes for all.
Delivered by two specialist mental health practitioners, this workshop aims to:
- Introduce the concept of creating a ‘mindful school’
- Explore the benefits of operating with a mindful approach
- Offer resources that attendees can take away and adapt to meet the needs of their own school
- Explore the importance of mindfulness in education and how it relates to social emotional learning
- Provide some reflection space and a chance to breathe
- Share mindfulness practices with you that can be used daily in schools
- Help you think about how to support pupils experiencing emotional regulation difficulties
Audience : Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, SENCOs, School Counsellors, teachers and TAs
Date : 13 March 2020
Time : 9.15am – 12.15pm
Venue : Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Cavendish Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, WA14 2NL
Cost : £95 per person
Facilitated by : Liz Meller, Systemic & Family Psychotherapist and Jo Holroyd, Music Therapist