At Ewell Castle School, our Director of Drama, Mr Bader-Clynes is a certified Mindfulness teacher of classroom-based mindfulness techniques, who having trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project, currently takes a Year 4 Mindfulness club, teaching the full PAWS Mindfulness course (7 to 11 year olds), and also teaches a 5 week basic introduction to Mindfulness to all Year 11 pupils. We do hope to extend Mindfulness teaching as part of on-going Wellbeing focus in the near future.
You may have heard of mindfulness or read some of the recent media coverage about it. A great deal of this media interest has arisen as a result of the growing body of rigorous research evidence regarding the potential benefits of mindfulness for young people. These include randomised control trials and neuroscientific studies.
As Professor Katherine Weare observed in her award-winning research summary: Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People, schools who engage in mindfulness are likely to see ‘beneficial results on the emotional wellbeing, mental health, ability to learn and even the physical health of their students. Such interventions are relatively cheap to introduce, have an impact fairly quickly, can fit into a wide range of contexts and above all are enjoyable and civilising, for pupils and staff.’
The classroom-based mindfulness curriculums we teach are an awareness-raising exercise to give all students a taste of mindfulness so that they know about it and can return to it later in life if they choose to do so.
Our mindfulness aims are to help young people:
- To fulfil their potential and pursue their own goals e.g. be more creative, more relaxed, both academically and personally.
- To improve their concentration and focus, in classes, in exams and tests, on the sports field, when playing games, on the stage, playing an instrument and when paying attention and listening to others.
- To experience greater well-being (e.g. feel happier, calmer, more fulfilled).
- To work with difficult mental states such as depressive, ruminative and anxious thoughts and low moods.
- To cope with the everyday stresses and strains of a child’s life such as exams, relationships, sleep problems, family issues.
The feedback from students who take part inour mindfulness course are very positive. Should you be interested in reading further about research studies regarding the benefits of mindfulness for young people, they can be found on the Mindfulness in Schools Project Website: mindfulnessinschools.org - Research