Mindfulness can help children ‘pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of MBSR). It teaches them to concentrate and recognise when they are overthinking - ruminating over the past or worrying about the future - both of which can distract from learning and cause stress, preventing academic progress and happiness.
Mindfulness enables pupils to develop their emotional intelligence; their self-esteem, self-motivation, self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy and social skills. As a result, learning and behaviour improve. Previously, pupils who have attended training commented “I have learnt to keep myself controlled” and “I use it before tests and to sleep”.
This session is facilitated by Anna Wille, who is a qualified adult and children’s Mindfulness teacher, trained by Dr Patrizia Collard, the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Anna has worked with more than a dozen schools and taught over 3,000 teachers and pupils skills to support their mental health and wellbeing. She has also published “Mindfulness Shuffle” with LDA Findel – 50 activities for teachers to develop emotional intelligence in children.
Aimed at: those whose responsibility it is to support pupil wellbeing in primary and secondary schools – to help children have the emotional intel-ligence skills, which will enable them to fulfil their potential.
Date: 21st March or 20th June 2019
Venue: Albemarle Primary School (Princes Way, SW16 6JP)
Please contact the Wandle Teaching School Alliance: 0207 622 1619 / firstname.lastname@example.org.