“There have been changes to Ofsted inspection and there is now a focus on personal development, behaviour, welfare and mental health. More specifically the framework references the essential components of emotional well-being such as relationships, self-confidence, self-efficacy, communication skills, positive mind-set and attitude.”
The guidelines state:
In order for schools to gain good status pupils must: Enjoy learning about how to stay healthy and about emotional and mental health, safe and positive relationships’.
To be outstanding schools must: Enable students to be able to make informed choices about healthy eating, fitness and their emotional and mental wellbeing’.
Courses and workshops can be delivered within school as part of inhouse training or within classrooms directly with pupils and the above focuses can be delivered as staff sessions pupil classes or assemblies. Having worked with a broad spectrum of pupils including Autism, ADHD, PMLD, SEBD and from my work in schools recently for anxieties, exams and behaviours I know what helpful techniques of mindfulness, meditation and movement are effective for general well-being and our busy minds. Breathing techniques and meditations can improve performance and behaviour and having a few mindful or sensory moments in the day can have a massive impact on positive well-being!
I have worked with 100s of children and young people on a Mindfulness and Well-being course and still continue to do so either in schools with whole classes, selected groups or privately at my studio in Newtown, Wigan. The feedback from the courses has been overwhelming with 95% of pupils saying they will be more mindful, that they will think about their breathing more and the techniques will help them. The majority of feedback is that the sessions have helped in many ways especially to keep calm, be less worried, to control anger and to be kind to self and others. However, pupils have highlighted they want to continue with their breathing techniques and meditations after the 8-week course but would prefer support to do so to implement the strategies and ensure they become a day to day experience for them!
We have now adapted our 8-session course to work with school staff and other adults so that they can learn the techniques and use with the young people in their care. The sessions have an element of well-being for staff and focus on child friendly techniques. The two-pronged approach will ensure that staff have a better understanding of themselves and how they can support their own well-being and pass down the strategies to the pupils and students. Please see WORKSHOPS for further details and prices.
Within the various workshop’s topics, we can work on:
Becoming aware of negative thinking patterns and unhelpful thoughts.
Becoming aware of the brain and the thought, feeling and behaviour cycle.
Cultivate mindfulness in our work and home life and that of the pupils.
How to use simple but very effective breathing techniques.
Influencing a more positive, physical, emotional and mental well-being.
How to do easy meditations in the classroom and home.
Become kind and compassionate to the self and others.
These areas are just the start of a person looking after themselves, but they are simple and relatively easy techniques that those in a busy role can learn and that are effective when practiced. I believe that if we take time for ourselves then this will be passed onto those, we teach… and the techniques are so simple that children and young people can learn them!