What is Mindfulness?

It is a state of awareness resulting from the conscious attention of physical sensation, such as the breath. Its practice improves our physical and mental well-being by making us more centred and calm.

Why a Mindfulness-based approach in the classroom?

A good education not only teaches young people how to look after their physical health, but equally their own mental health for long-term well-being. Mindfulness has been advocated by an All-Party Parliamentary Group (MPPG) report, ‘Mindful Nation UK' (2015) as an effective intervention in preventing and reducing mental health problems in children and adolescents. Mindfulness can:

  • improve emotional resilience and regulation.

  • make learning more effective and rewarding thus improving educational attainment.

  • help to reduce bullying which is a contributory factor in poor mental health

  • work as an effective class management tool to improve pupil behaviour.

What we offer

With Mind with Heart we can provide full staff training to help you deliver Mindfulness in your school or college to your pupils or students. We also deliver one off introductory workshops on Mindfulness or a full ten week character-based Mindfulness programme, both with materials.  Please get in touch via our Contact page to find out more.

There is still much more for us to learn and do to enable all children to enjoy good mental health and emotional well-being, and...schools and colleges have a vital role in achieving that. That is where mindfulness...comes in.
— Edward Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Mindfulness in Schools Debate, House of Commons, 6/9/16
By steading one’s attention in [mindfulness]...one can learn to respond in more clear-headed, versatile, and creative ways to daily choices and challenges, instead of being driven by habit and impulse...the most effective time to learn [this] is during childhood.
— Nic Dakin, Shadow Schools Minister, ex-Principal of John Leggott Sixth Form, Mindfulness in Schools Debate, House of Commons, 6/9/16
We want schools to have a whole-school approach that makes talking about feelings, emotions and well-being as normal for pupils as talking about their physical bodies. That might include...whole-school programmes such as mindfulness...or yoga sessions.
— Edward Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Mindfulness in Schools Debate, House of Commons, 6/9/16