Mindfulness in Surrey Schools
Having worked in a variety of schools for many years, (Mindfulness and Drama), Catherine has taught children from a range of backgrounds and of all ages. She's enjoyed teaching the MiSP '.b' and '.breathe' courses since 2017, and has also taught KS2 and led workshops for parents and children together! For information about our exciting new school holiday courses in Dorking, Surrey, please go to the bottom of this page.
Our youth mindfulness programmes can be delivered in various settings and adapted in terms of length and course focus. Even though Catherine has an enhanced DBS certificate, we expect a member of staff to be present during sessions with students, for safeguarding reasons as well as to create a sense of partnership.
All our classes can be taught as live, online classes - something that Catherine gained experience of this year when teaching teenagers during Lockdown and helping them use mindfulness techniques with difficulties they were facing.
The MiSP .b mindfulness course can be structured in a variety of ways: usually between six and ten sessions, lasting around an hour each.
9-14 year olds
The .breathe programme is four sessions of around 30 minutes each, and is aimed at 9-14 year olds.
We can provide single sessions over a full or half day for a range of class-groups, in which students learn some simple practices to help with difficult moments. We also offer a course for KS2, made up of six 30-minute classes, exploring mindfulness through fun drama and craft activities.
Mindfulness for staff
The focus is on stress reduction, looking after ourselves and finding inner stability in the midst of change. Catherine's experience in mainstream education means she understands the challenges faced by those who work in school. Sessions can be tailored according to what the staff would like to get out of the sessions and can make a difference to their professional as well as personal lives.
Costs are negotiable - guide price of £60 per hour.
“So lucky to have this available to us in our working day. I find it truly relaxing and a pause button on the pressures of life. Catherine guides you through the experience with such skill and expertise, you leave floating”.
Head of Operations, Woldingham School
The Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) .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 Catherine started teaching the programme to students at Woldingham School, Surrey, and it has been part of the curriculum for Years 11-13 ever since.
Each week we explore a different aspect of mindfulness training through the MiSP course material, which includes animations and short exercises to relieve stress and anxiety. Mindfulness can help teenagers deal with bullying, exam pressure and depression. At this current time, when young people are facing such uncertainty and anxiety about their futures, it's more important than ever that they have a toolbox of strategies to use at any time.
Themes include training our attention, dealing with difficult thoughts and emotions, moving from automatic responses to conscious responses, and appreciating the good. There's also a strong focus on developing kindness and respect towards oneself and others.
.b stands for ‘stop and be’.
Further information about the MiSP programmes:
Research evidence to support the benefits in mindfulness training for young people:
What teachers and students say about our 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'd like to know more about mindfulness and how it can benefit your students. If you're a school leader, we're happy to arrange a presentation in your school. If you're involved with research, we'd be glad to assist.
Easter holiday - online course for parents and children together!
We're devising a short, online course of three sessions a few days apart, for parents and children aged between 7 and 12. (Dates and times to be confirmed). The course will include a collection of simple activities that children can do at home to help with stress and sleep problems, to help them relax and learn more about how their minds work. Visit the blog to read more about glitter jars - a fun and cheap activity and a great way to calm busy minds.
Catherine has been teaching mindfulness to children online since April 2020 and is aware of all safeguarding issues. Let us know if you'd like to read our Safeguarding policy. The course can be helpful for adults too, especially in the midst of a school holiday!
Summer holiday - Drama and Mindfulness
As a Drama teacher, Catherine has combined her two areas of expertise to create holiday courses for 9-16 year olds. A variety of drama, music and movement activities are used to explore mindfulness. Students learn simple mindfulness techniques to help with strong emotions and stressful situations, whilst having fun and developing confidence at the same time - great for any children about to start a new school. The course ends with an informal performance to families where the students will share what they have learned.
August dates to be confirmed, but probable times as follows:
10.00am-12.00pm - 9-12 yr olds.
1.00-3.00pm - 13-16 yr olds
Brockham, Betchworth or Dorking, Surrey
£29 (three sessions)
Discounts available for siblings and those on low incomes