Mindfulness in Surrey
Mindfulness in schools
I trained with MiSP (Mindfulness in School Project) in 2017 and have taught the .b (pronounced Dot Be) mindfulness course to students aged 11-18 since that time.
I have also taught younger children in various primary and prep schools in Surrey and Sussex and have devised mindfulness courses for both KS1 and 2.
Having worked in schools as a teacher (Drama, SEND and Mindfulness) for over twenty years, and in a wide variety of schools, I am experienced at working with children from a range of backgrounds and of all ages.
My youth mindfulness programmes can be delivered in various settings and arranged at a time that works for your school. All programmes can be adapted to suit your requirements in terms of length of sessions and the focus of the course. I offer mindfulness for teens as well as younger children.
My experience in education means I understand the stresses and demands placed on teachers and I deliver mindfulness sessions in a way that takes these into account. I have led sessions with teachers and support staff during the school day and as twilight activities. I can support adults who work in schools in accessing mindfulness practices in a practical way, so that the sessions can make a difference to their work as well as personal lives.
As a qualified teacher, I have an enhanced DBS certificate. When working with schools, I like to create a sense of partnership and also, partly for safeguarding measures, I would expect a member of staff to be present during the sessions with students.
The MiSP .b mindfulness course can be structured in a variety of ways: usually between six and ten sessions, lasting around an hour (or length of lessons) each. To find out more about the .b course, please click here.
The primary school mindfulness courses I offer are six 30-minute classes for KS2 and four 20-minute sessions for KS1.
I can provide single sessions over a full or half day for a range of class-groups, introducing mindfulness to students in theory and practice. Students will learn four or five simple practices they can use for themselves.
Grounding in Mindfulness for staff
The focus is on resilience, well-being and stress reduction, and can be designed according to the teachers’ needs.
Costs to be discussed; guide price of £60 per hour.
The Mindfulness in Schools Project .b course
The .b course is a 9-lesson mindfulness programme designed for teenagers by teachers. The course can only be delivered by those who have met the strict prerequisites of the training.
In 2017 I started teaching the programme to students at Woldingham School, Surrey, taking two classes a week. Last year the school asked me to offer mindfulness classes to teachers, which I also do on a weekly basis. Both staff and students appreciate the classes and they continue to inspire me with their insights and discoveries about how the sessions have a positive impact on their lives.
The lessons can be delivered in various settings but are designed for use in a classroom. Each week we focus on a specific skill using images, animations, discussion, practical awareness exercises and the request for home practice. Students discover short exercises they can do themselves, often lasting just a few minutes, to relieve stress and anxiety. Mindfulness can also help teenagers deal with bullying, exam pressure and depression.
Themes include training our attention, recognising worry, moving from automatic responses to conscious responses, watching our thoughts, dealing with strong emotions and appreciating the good. There is a strong focus on developing kindness and respect towards oneself and others.
.b stands for ‘stop and be’.
For further information about the programme, follow this link:
For research evidence to support the benefits in mindfulness training for young people, click below:
What teachers and students say about my mindfulness classes
“The sessions provide a moment of calm and reflection during a hectic day. I do actually think they help me get through Monday. You also seem like a reflective and responsive teacher.”
“It is nice to have time out during the day to relax.”
Year 11 student
“Before an exam, focusing on my breathing helps me with stress.”
A Level student
“It makes me concentrate more in lessons because when my mind wanders, I can bring it back.”
Year 11 student
Do get in touch if you would like to know more about mindfulness and how it can benefit young people. If you are a school leader, I am happy to arrange a presentation in your school. If you are involved with research, I would be glad to assist.
Drama and Mindfulness - holiday activities for children
As an experienced Drama teacher, I have combined my two passions and areas of expertise to create holiday courses for children. The children use a variety of drama, music and movement activities to explore mindfulness. They learn simple and effective mindfulness techniques, specifically designed for their age range, to help with strong emotions and stressful situations, whilst having fun and developing confidence at the same time. This can be particularly helpful for students preparing for exams. The course ends with an informal performance to families where the students will share what they have learned.
When Spring Half term, 2020
10.00-12.00am 9-12 yr olds
1.00-3.00pm 13-16 yr olds
Where Brockham or Betchworth, near Dorking, Surrey
Cost £29 (three sessions)
Sibling discount available