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Mindfulness in Schools Project

MiSP’s vision that every child should possess the skills to help them manage difficulty and flourish, and understand how and when to use those skills.

They aim to promote the teaching of mindfulness to young people by offering free support, advice, and information to schools, teachers, pupils and parents in the UK as well as the highest level of training in MiSP’s own curricula.

To take mindfulness to as many young people as possible they offer supported places on all MiSP teacher training courses to schools who have above average numbers of pupils receiving Free School Meals.

They offer a supported pathway through:

  • initial information sessions about what mindfulness is and is not, and why and how it should be introduced in schools;
  • training courses in mindfulness for staff well-being;
  • training and outstanding resources to help staff teach mindfulness to young people at primary and secondary school level;
  • developing sustainability through training staff to teach a schools-based 8-week mindfulness course to colleagues, while developing the role as ‘School Mindfulness Lead’.

Examples of Programmes Offered

  • Taster sessions (delivered by by an independent MiSP-trained .b Foundations teacher)
  • Who’s it for?
    Anyone interested in finding out how to bring mindfulness to their school including, teachers, leaders, school staff and governors, health care professionals and parents.

    Course overview
    Participants will find out more about:
    – What mindfulness is
    – Why mindfulness is beneficial to both teachers and students
    – How MiSP can help you to learn mindfulness, teach mindfully and take mindfulness to your school.

    The sessions will help you decide whether or not you are interested in completing an 8-week mindfulness course (.begin).

    Programme duration
    Single sessions of 60-90 minutes.

    How many people is this for?
    Whole school teams.

    Estimated cost
    A fee will normally be charged by the independent MiSP trained instructor (determined by them).

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At your school delivered by an independent MiSP-trained .b Foundations teacher.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet schools’ needs.

  • .begin (8 week course - online)
  • Who’s it for?
    For any staff who are interested to learn what mindfulness really is. The course is for those who either work or volunteer in a school or within an educational setting on a regular basis and who are new to mindfulness.

    Course overview
    If you are interested in teaching mindfulness to your pupils, it is important that you first learn it for yourself. This course enables you to directly experience the potential personal benefits of mindfulness, as well as meeting initial prerequisites to go on and train to teach mindfulness to young people.

    Benefits of mindfulness for school staff include:
    – a reduction in stress, burnout and anxiety
    – a reduction in the sense of task and time pressure
    – an improved ability to manage thoughts and behaviour
    – an increase in coping skills, motivation, planning and problem solving
    – an increase in self-compassion and self-care.

    Programme duration
    Eight weeks via group sessions of approximately 90 minutes per week.

    How many people is this for?
    Individuals or small groups.

    Estimated cost
    £195+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Online. The course is delivered via video conferencing, allowing real-time interaction with the group whilst being led by a highly experienced MiSP-trained instructor.

    Dates
    15th Oct 2018 – 17th Dec 2018
    16th Oct 2018 – 18th Dec 2018
    17th Oct 2018 – 19th Dec 2018
    6th Nov 2018 – 15th Jan 2019
    MiSP release new dates regularly. Contact them for more information

    Possible Promotions
    A supported place on a .begin course will be automatically offered to all those working or volunteering in a maintained school, the cost is £150 + VAT per person (Standard fee £195 + VAT).
    If you work for a local education authority or charity you may also be eligible for a supported place. Contact MiSP for more information.

  • .b Foundations (8 week course - onsite)
  • Who’s it for?
    For any staff who are interested to learn what mindfulness really is. The course is for those who either work or volunteer in a school or within an educational setting on a regular basis and who are new to mindfulness.

    Course overview
    Mindfulness enhances the well-being and resilience of staff among many other benefits.

    Teachers need to have understood mindfulness personally – from the inside – before they can be expected to teach it well and safely to young people.

    – It enables the development of a mindful culture within a core staff group within school.
    – This group are then able to continue to support one another in their mindfulness practice beyond the end of the 8-week course.
    – Experiencing ‘in-person’ face-to-face mindfulness teaching offers a crucial model for those who wish to go on to teach pupils.
    – Hosting the course on site makes it accessible to a larger number of staff.
    – Staff recognise that their well-being is valued by the school.

    Programme duration
    Eight weeks via group sessions of approximately 90 minutes per week.

    How many people is this for?
    A group of at least 12 people.

    Estimated cost
    – The .b Foundations teacher will be self-employed, so MiSP is not in a position to instruct them on what to charge. It may vary from region to region and according to the size of the group, type of school, etc.
    – MiSP asks that the fee they charge is reasonable and affordable for schools. This is key to the integrity of the work they do, and their aim to increase the accessibility and sustainability of mindfulness provision within schools.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school.

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs. Often it is in the slot after the teaching day ends, but it might also be in the evening, at weekends or before lessons.

  • Teach Paws b (7-11)
  • Who’s it for?
    Participants who have met the prerequisites and want to teach the MiSP ‘Paws b’ curriculum to 7-11-year-olds in schools or other educational or youth-related organisations.

    Course overview
    To teach mindfulness in the classroom you need great materials and proper training. The Teach Paws b course involves training to teach the curriculum to pupils

    Paws b is a leading mindfulness curriculum for children aged 7 -11 in schools. The lessons are flexible and varied and can be taught as six, one hour lessons, or twelve 30 minute lessons.

    You will be to equipped with the materials and understanding of the curriculum to be able to begin teaching the lessons straight away, to continue to support the development of personal mindfulness practice, and to encourage the development of a sense of community amongst participants beyond the 3 days as they go on to work with the young people in their settings.

    Programme duration
    Three days.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of people from a school but there are limited spaces.

    Estimated cost
    £465+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At various locations around the UK arranged by MiSP.
    Contact MiSP for more information.

    Dates
    22nd Oct 2018 – 24th Oct 2018 Liverpool
    22nd Oct 2018 – 24th Oct 2018 London
    31st Oct 2018 – 2nd Nov 2018 Newcastle Upon Tyne
    MiSP releases new dates regularly. Contact them for more information

    Possible Promotions
    A supported place may be offered on this course to teachers employed in schools with above average numbers of pupils receiving Free School Meals. The discounts they offer range from 25% to 100% depending on these numbers.
    Contact MiSP for more information.

     

  • Teach .b (11-18)
  • Who’s it for?
    Participants who have met the prerequisites for and want to teach the 10-lesson MiSP ‘.b curriculum’ to 11-18-year-olds in schools, or other educational or youth-related organisations.

    Course overview
    To teach mindfulness in the classroom you need great materials and proper training. The ‘Teach .be’ course prepares participants who have met the prerequisites to teach the 10-lesson .b curriculum to 11-18-year-olds in schools.

    .b, pronounced [dot-be], is the UK’s leading mindfulness curriculum for 11-18-year-olds in schools. .b stands for ‘stop and be’, a simple practice at the heart of this ten lesson course. Each .b lesson (between 40 minutes and 1 hour) is expertly crafted for use in the classroom to teach a distinct mindfulness skill.

    You will be taught the lessons in ‘real time’ with opportunities to discuss the pedagogy of each lesson and how it can best be taught to a group of young people in different settings. There will also be opportunities to work with other participants guiding them, and being guided by them, in the main mindfulness practices from the lessons.

    Programme duration
    Four days.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of people from a school but there are limited spaces.

    Estimated cost
    £625+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    At various locations around the UK arranged by MiSP including London, Plymouth, Liverpool and Birmingham.
    Contact MiSP for more information.

    Dates
    23rd Oct 2018 – 26th Oct 2018 London
    23rd Oct 2018 – 26th Oct 2018 Plymouth
    23rd Oct 2018 – 26th Oct 2018 Liverpool
    30th Oct 2018 – 2nd Nov 2018 Birmingham
    20th Nov 2018 – 23rd Nov 2018 London
    MiSP releases new dates regularly. Contact them for more information

    Possible Promotions
    A supported place may be offered on this course to teachers employed in schools with above average numbers of pupils receiving Free School Meals. The discounts they offer range from 25% to 100% depending on these numbers.
    Contact MiSP for more information.

  • School Mindfulness Lead (Further training for .b and Paws b teachers)
  • Who’s it for?
    Staff who are already MiSP ‘.be’ and ‘Paws b’ teachers, want to develop and facilitate a sustainable model within their school, alliance or MAT.

    Course overview
    The School Mindfulness Lead training is intended to help school staff to develop a more sustainable, in-house model for mindfulness training and development.
    It is a programme developing the skills needed to lead a sustainable approach to mindfulness in schools. During this training, you will learn to:

    – Train to teach .b Foundations, a schools-based adult mindfulness curriculum, to staff, parents and other adults in your school community
    – Learn how to develop sustainable systems of support for students and adults practising mindfulness in your school community.

    Programme duration
    Six days.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of people from a school but there are limited spaces.

    Estimated cost
    £1050+VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    This course is delivered offsite through a residential.
    Contact MiSP for more information.

    Dates
    Contact MiSP for more information.

    Possible Promotions
    A supported place may be offered on this course to teachers employed in schools with above average numbers of pupils receiving Free School Meals. The discounts we offer range from 25% to 100% depending on these numbers.
    Contact MiSP for more information.

  • Teach .b Foundations (for adult mindfulness teachers)
  • Who’s it for?
    Full time or committed adult mindfulness teachers who want to learn how to deliver the 8 week .b Foundations to adults in schools.

    Course overview
    Designed to effectively teach full time mindfulness teachers how to introduce mindfulness to adults in the school community. Supportive attitudes and ways of relating are introduced visually and kinesthetically, with the intention of fostering curiosity and engagement. Aspects of the .b (age 11-18) and Paws b (age 7-11) are included which help build a shared mindfulness language within school.

    The course offers:
    – An introduction to the .b Foundations curriculum
    – Development of knowledge and confidence in delivering the curriculum content
    – Familiarisation with styles of delivery and enquiry specific to this curriculum and the schools/workplace context
    – Development of a workable plan to begin to access schools to offer .b Foundations
    – The course will allow people to explore and reflect on their own personal and teaching practice, offering learning relevant to participants’ other mindfulness teaching.

    Programme duration
    Three days.

    How many people is this for?
    No limit to the number of people from a school but there are limited spaces.

    Estimated cost
    £465 + VAT per person.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Contact MiSP for more information.

    Dates
    Contact MiSP for more information.

Impact

Impact to date

Each year MiSP delivers 50 training courses around the UK and across Europe and USA via their training partners. Since 2011, they have trained 4,200 teachers to deliver mindfulness programmes in schools. They estimate that 250,000 students have been taught MiSP courses.

They report that of the students (aged 11-18) who did the ‘.b’ programme: 78% found it extremely, very or fairly useful; 60% said it helped them with exams, concentration and managing difficulty. Of the students (aged 7-11) who did the ‘Paws b’ programme: over 67% said that it helped them with exams, performance, concentration, managing difficulty, and increasing levels of happiness.

MiSP also report the following impact for each of their programmes. ‘.b’ ( for student 11-18 years) has been associated with improvements in pupils’ attentiveness, mindfulness, resilience and wellbeing, and with reductions in depressive symptoms and perceived stress. ‘Paws b’ ( for students 7-11 years) has been associated with improvements in pupils’ ability to pay attention and inhibit distractions, manage their emotions, and to regulate their own behaviour.

‘.b’ Foundations (for teachers) has been associated with improvements in schools staff’s mindfulness, wellbeing and self-compassion, and decreases in stress.

Feedback from senior leaders, collected by CPDBee, shows their programmes lead to well-trained mindfulness teachers, who have a positive impact on not just children but staff, parent and governors. They are embedding mindfulness practices and seeing that it can have life changing affects when children develop strategies to manage their anxiety.

Impact measurements used

MiSP aims to improve the skills children use to help them manage difficulty and flourish, and improve their understanding of how and when to use those skills.

They take a rigorous approach to measuring their impact. Every child completes a survey online at the end of the course they are taught. They also collect qualitative information from everybody involved: teachers, parents and students.

They work with independent external organisations to carry out non-randomised controlled studies, which evaluate the impact on measures including depressive symptoms, stress and wellbeing over extended periods of time.

External assessment of impact

Following a non-randomised controlled feasibility study in 2013, researchers at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter and Western Australia found clear evidence of the .b programme’s acceptability, evidence of its impact on depressive symptoms and promising evidence of its efficacy in reducing stress and enhancing well-being.

Expertise

Programme design philosophy

Mindfulness in Schools Project is currently seen as a leading provider of mindfulness training and content designed for use in educational contexts. Their curricula, which have a clear focus on improving and evaluating specific outcomes, have been written by teachers for teachers, but in collaboration with mindfulness experts at both Bangor and Oxford Universities – both recognised centres of excellence in mindfulness research and practice.

Their ‘.b’ and ‘Paws b’ curricula have been the subject of numerous research studies, and the ‘.b’ programme is currently the chosen curriculum being used in the large-scale Wellcome Trust-funded, Oxford University MYRIAD research project.

Training to teach mindfulness to young people requires a deep experiential understanding of mindfulness practice. The strict prerequisites to be met before attending MiSP teacher training courses (which are sustained over time – ranging from 3 to 8 days in length) ensure that those who go on to teach mindfulness to their students and colleagues do so with skill and confidence.

All of MiSP’s curricula are recognised as part of the General Teaching Council of Scotland Accredited Professional Recognition Programme in Mindfulness in collaboration with Aberdeen University.

Team experience and expertise

All those who join MiSP’s 45-member training team follow a detailed trainer pathway which extends over several years. All their trainers have experience of delivering the course they offer in school and other educational settings, so they understand the issues that can arise in teaching mindfulness to young people.

They all have their own established mindfulness practices, and most are also trained through a recognised training pathway to teach mindfulness to adults. They are selected as trainers not just because of their teaching and mindfulness experience, but also for their experience, approachability, and passion for teaching mindfulness.

Testimonials

Hampton School, Kevin Knibbs, Headmaster

We do recommend the Mindfulness in Schools Project to other schools when they approach us to discuss how we have embedded mindfulness at Hampton.

We find the rigorous nature of the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s approach – including the prerequisites to attend a ‘.b’ training course as well as the content of the training courses – means that teachers are extremely well-trained to teach the course to pupils.

All trainers on ‘.b’ courses are very experienced in teaching the material and have a well-established personal mindfulness practice.

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, Lewis, Dinsdale, Headteacher

I would have no reservations whatsoever in wholeheartedly recommending Mindfulness in Schools Project. I would say 10/10 in terms of being likely to recommend their services to other schools, as we have already done this on numerous occasions.

The reason for our full commitment to Mindfulness in Schools, is that we have seen first hand the positive impact it has upon not only the children, but staff, parents and governors too. They have helped us in our journey toward becoming a truly mindful school, and continue to support us through the key member of staff we had trained by them.

The King's School, Rob Gammon, Headteacher

The training and ongoing support from Mindfulness In Schools Project is excellent. It has enabled us to set up a daily mindfulness 15 minute slot to encourage and develop regular practice for students and staff, develop a student mindfulness leaders’ scheme, teach a well researched and evidenced mindfulness curriculum to Year 7 & 8 and normalise mindfulness at The King’s School.

In some cases it has changed students’ lives by helping them to develop effective strategies to manage anxiety.

The training with MiSP is evidenced based, very suitable and accessible for young people and taught in an experiential way to encourage teacher confidence with teaching the content.

Tonbridge School, Timothy Haines, Headmaster

In this secular and busy age we live in, I believe mindfulness can do no harm and it can in many cases have a positive and helpful impact. I’ve taught the course for a number of years and found Year 10 students receptive and appreciative. The simple techniques and practices that are offered can be accessed at any time in their future lives.

English Martyrs Primary School, Emma Naisbett, Teacher

Our pupils talk about how mindfulness helps them in many different ways: getting to sleep, coping with the pressure of exams, dealing with relationships at home, playing sports or just helping them realize when they are feeling wobbly and how to rebalance themselves.

The Gryphon School, Jem Shackleford, Teacher

Mindfulness was pretty unheard of when I decided to train to teach with MiSP… As you can imagine, some staff were reluctant to embrace mindfulness to begin with… I really enjoy seeing the benefit the students get from learning mindfulness. One told me how he used a 7/11 to calm down before going on stage, another how he uses .b to cope when panicking in a classroom. Once a parent caught me at the end of a parents’ evening and told me the mindfulness course had transformed her daughter’s life.

Hampton School, Kevin Knibbs, Headmaster

We do recommend the Mindfulness in Schools Project to other schools when they approach us to discuss how we have embedded mindfulness at Hampton.

We find the rigorous nature of the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s approach – including the prerequisites to attend a ‘.b’ training course as well as the content of the training courses – means that teachers are extremely well-trained to teach the course to pupils.

All trainers on ‘.b’ courses are very experienced in teaching the material and have a well-established personal mindfulness practice.

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, Lewis, Dinsdale, Headteacher

I would have no reservations whatsoever in wholeheartedly recommending Mindfulness in Schools Project. I would say 10/10 in terms of being likely to recommend their services to other schools, as we have already done this on numerous occasions.

The reason for our full commitment to Mindfulness in Schools, is that we have seen first hand the positive impact it has upon not only the children, but staff, parents and governors too. They have helped us in our journey toward becoming a truly mindful school, and continue to support us through the key member of staff we had trained by them.

The King's School, Rob Gammon, Headteacher

The training and ongoing support from Mindfulness In Schools Project is excellent. It has enabled us to set up a daily mindfulness 15 minute slot to encourage and develop regular practice for students and staff, develop a student mindfulness leaders’ scheme, teach a well researched and evidenced mindfulness curriculum to Year 7 & 8 and normalise mindfulness at The King’s School.

In some cases it has changed students’ lives by helping them to develop effective strategies to manage anxiety.

The training with MiSP is evidenced based, very suitable and accessible for young people and taught in an experiential way to encourage teacher confidence with teaching the content.

Tonbridge School, Timothy Haines, Headmaster

In this secular and busy age we live in, I believe mindfulness can do no harm and it can in many cases have a positive and helpful impact. I’ve taught the course for a number of years and found Year 10 students receptive and appreciative. The simple techniques and practices that are offered can be accessed at any time in their future lives.

English Martyrs Primary School, Emma Naisbett, Teacher

Our pupils talk about how mindfulness helps them in many different ways: getting to sleep, coping with the pressure of exams, dealing with relationships at home, playing sports or just helping them realize when they are feeling wobbly and how to rebalance themselves.

The Gryphon School, Jem Shackleford, Teacher

Mindfulness was pretty unheard of when I decided to train to teach with MiSP… As you can imagine, some staff were reluctant to embrace mindfulness to begin with… I really enjoy seeing the benefit the students get from learning mindfulness. One told me how he used a 7/11 to calm down before going on stage, another how he uses .b to cope when panicking in a classroom. Once a parent caught me at the end of a parents’ evening and told me the mindfulness course had transformed her daughter’s life.