Mindfulness in Surrey
Mindfulness in Surrey Schools
Catherine trained with MiSP (Mindfulness in School Project) in 2017 and she has taught the .b (pronounced Dot Be) mindfulness course to students aged 11-18 since that time. She has also taught younger children in various primary and prep schools in Surrey and Sussex and devised mindfulness courses for KS2.
Having worked in schools as a teacher (Drama, SEND and Mindfulness) for over twenty years, and in a wide variety of schools, Catherine is experienced at working with children from a range of backgrounds and of all ages.
Our 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. We offer mindfulness for teens as well as younger children, and also innovative workshops for parents and children together.
Catherine's experience in mainstream education means she understands the stresses and demands placed on teachers and she delivers mindfulness sessions in a way that takes these into account. She has led sessions with teachers and support staff during the school day and as twilight activities. We 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, Catherine has an enhanced DBS certificate. When working with schools, we like to create a sense of partnership and also, partly for safeguarding measures, we 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 we offer are six 30-minute classes for KS2 and four 20-minute sessions for KS1.
We 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.
“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, taking two classes a week. The school asked her to offer mindfulness classes to teachers, which she does on a weekly basis. Both staff and students appreciate the classes and they continue to inspire us 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’.
Further information about the programme:
Research evidence to support the benefits in mindfulness training for young people:
What teachers and students say about our 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, we are happy to arrange a presentation in your school. If you are involved with research, we would be glad to assist.
Drama and Mindfulness - holiday activities for children
As an experienced Drama teacher, Catherine has combined her 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.
Due to Covid restrictions, the next courses will not be until Spring half term, 2021.
Example times are:
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
Mini-course for parents and children to do together!
We are devising a short course for families for the Christmas holiday, run as live, online sessions. This will be three or four sessions, a few days apart, for parents and children aged between 7 and 12. Exact times are still to be fixed. The course will include a collection of simple activities that children can do at home to help with stress and when faced with difficult emotions. These can also be used to help children relax and learn more about how their minds work. We will also explore feelings children might have about school and the new term ahead. Visit the blog to read more about glitter jars - a fun, easy and cheap meditation activity to do on a rainy day, a great way to calm busy minds. Do get in touch if this is of interest to you, as the dates and times can fit with what is most popular.
Catherine has been teaching mindfulness to children online since April 2020 and we are fully aware of all safeguarding issues. Do let us know if you would like to read our Safeguarding policy. Catherine has taught children for many years in school and is also experienced at running sessions for parents and children together. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about these sessions. They can be helpful for adults too, especially towards the end of the summer holidays!