Mindfulness in Primary Schools

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  • Mindfulness in Primary Schools
  • Learning how to become better at focusing our attention and reducing the ‘chatter’ in our minds, is a life skill that benefits everyone and improves wellbeing.

    Life is full of challenges, happiness and sadness. Our thoughts can easily develop in our minds and turn into fears. We can sometimes automatically fill gaps in our knowledge with assumptions and guess-work.

    Our instinctive fight, flight or freeze modes drive our reactions to difficult situations, which can in turn impact negatively upon our relationships and self-esteem.

    Life is also full of choices: every hour, every day. Our wellbeing is underpinned by caring for ourselves and others, so we need to grow our ability to make good choices; to choose to nurture ourselves and others.

    Through Mindfulness, we can learn how to control instinctive reactions and how to respond to challenges in a thoughtful, measured way. The earlier we are able to learn how, the better.

    Our very own Bernadette is an accredited Paws .b Mindfulness in Primary Schools Teacher (currently the only one in Yorkshire – we’re very proud of her)!

    The Paws .b programme has been shown to help children socially, behaviorally and academically and can be delivered in six weekly one hour sessions or twelve half hour sessions, depending on age.

    After many years of coaching troubled adults, over the last four years, Bernadette has brought about impressive results through her coaching of children. Bernadette is a trailblazer in this area. Moving attention from problem-solving alone to concentrating upon the prevention of issues within society, she works to build resilience from a young age. Her focus is on helping children to find the inner strength to face life’s ups and downs.

    She has piloted her affirmation cards, along with parental guidance, in three primary schools. The cards were developed as a result of some of the challenges that children themselves had articulated.

    Evaluation of the pilots have shown that this approach has helped children overcome fears, their self-limiting beliefs and to develop supportive friendships. For example, an 11 year old boy that she coached went up several stages in his SATs – much to his school’s amazement; and a 10 year old girl’s feeling of self-regard went up 70 points in the Pupil Attitude to Self and School Assessment. References are available upon request.

    For more information, please contact Bernadette at bernadette.speight@peoplehelppeople.co.uk