We introduced Mindfulness in 2015 and use the Mindfulness in Schools Project's (MiSP) Paws b course which is specifically aimed at introducing Mindfulness to young people in schools and designed to encourage and support the floursihing of young minds.
We currently have one qualified Mindfulness teacher at St. Andrew's School. Mindfulness is introduced as part of the Year Four PSHCE curriculum and is reinforced throughout Year Five through frequent practices in a variety of subjects. The Mindfulness in Schools Project's (MiSP) Paws b course is taught to all year Six pupils. Mindfulness is then taught alongside a course in Well-being and Resilience that has been developed by our Head of PSHCE for the pupils in years Seven and Eight.
Mindfulness techniques help build confidence, well-being and focus, enabling all pupils to flourish.
They help us to recognise our inner critic and balance this with more discernment and kindness towards ourselves. With this often comes more confidence as well as encouraging top performances academically and in sport.
Pupils involved in music, drama and public speaking also follow the practices from the course allowing them to deliver exceptional performances on stage.
St. Andrew's staff are also all offered the opportunity to attend an 8-week Adult Mindfulness Course. To date demand has been so strong that we have run two programmes of staff courses as part of our commitment to support the well-being of all elements of our school community.