We can now offer a Mindfulness workshop to all school staff as a 90 minute twilight session or inset workshop; it is suitable for primary and secondary staff.
A happy, well-motivated staff is an essential ingredient in a high functioning school. The Health and Safety Executive have cited teaching as being among the top 5 occupations affected by work-related stress with 70% of teachers saying their health has suffered because of their job.
An increased ability to deal with the stress and emotional intensity of the job can improve teacher/student relationships as well as the teacher's personal well-being.
Mindfulness and meditation practice can help school staff to change the way they think and feel about their experiences – especially stressful experiences.
Through mindfulness exercises, we allow ourselves freedom to pay attention to the present moment, using techniques centred on meditation and breathing.
Recent research from the University of Oxford shows that people who regularly practise mindfulness or meditation can achieve reductions of nearly 60% in their anxiety levels and 40% in their overall stress.
Research explicitly carried out on teaching staff who have adopted a mindfulness practice has indicated a reduction in ‘burn-out’ and an improvement in classroom performance.
For further information, please email Louise Picton
"Great to be reminded of the techniques of mindfulness and to have the opportunity to practise them; also good to be aware of the benefits."
"It was useful to experience the techniques first hand and to hear that there are free resources that can be accessed."
"Doing the stress test made me realise that I need to reduce it!"
"I think the session provides great support in managing the stresses and strains of teaching/working in a school. We would be interested in having a session for our Year 6 children and developing a regular meditation group."