#2: How can I fund mindfulness in my school?
Training to teach MiSP curricula costs an average of just £6 per pupil if, over a period, you teach it to 120 pupils. Below we consider how you can fund this, looking at existing funding in your school and other sources of funding.
A report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in September 2019 found that total school spending per pupil in England fell by 8% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2019-20.
Whilst government funds have been allocated to reverse this fall and return school spending per pupil in England to 2009-10 levels by 2022-23, this means there will be no actual growth in spending per pupil in real terms.
And whilst real term funding is not growing, school costs certainly are. Resource challenges, to name just a few, include:
- Retention and recruitment costs, particularly in secondary schools
- Year on year increase of pupils with special education needs (SEN)1
- An increase in the number of children living in poverty – now affecting 1 in 3 children – with sharp rises in child poverty forecast for coming years2
- An increase in average class sizes as pupil numbers have grown with, in particular, a growing number of pupils of secondary age3
- Changes to exams4
- Changes to Ofsted with a new Education inspection framework now in place5
- Year on year increases in the number of referrals to specialist children’s mental health services (with rejection rates remaining high), with long waiting times to receive treatment6
- An increase in the number of children looked after by local authorities, with looked-after children numbers now over 78,000 children7
To summarise? There are conflicting demands on your school budget, so mindfulness must compete for funding. Here are some ideas to hopefully help you release some resources:
Existing funding in your school
Other sources of funding
There are a limited number of other sources of funding which might provide grants to cover some or all of the costs of training adults to teach mindfulness to children and young people in schools.