Mindfulness in Surrey

Mindfulness in 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.

School Programmes

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.

 

Secondary schools

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.

Primary schools

The primary school mindfulness courses we offer are six 30-minute classes for KS2 and four 20-minute sessions for KS1.

Enrichment activities

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.

MiSP .b course for 11-8 year olds, surrey

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 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’.

For further information about the programme, follow this link:

http://mindfulnessinschools.org/mindfulness-in-education

For research evidence to support the benefits in mindfulness training for young people, click below:

http://mindfulnessinschools.org/research/research-evidence-mindfulness-young-people-general/

                                                                     

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.”  

SEND 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

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. 

When       August 2020 - dates to be confirmed

                    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

Other mindfulness activities for children

 

We are working on 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. 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. Enjoyed by adults too!  

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