Announcing the launch of our Early Career Teachers’ Support Fund!

We are offering financial support to teachers at the early stages of their careers to learn mindfulness for themselves and train to teach it to children. Applications will be welcome from all UK schools and awards made on a first come first served basis to individuals within four years of achieving Qualified Teacher Status …

If this doesn’t apply to you, do share with your SLT or with colleagues who may be eligible and look at the other ways we can support your learning. If it does apply to you, read on and make sure you get your application in soon!

What is MiSP’s Early Career Teachers’ Support Fund?

Our Early Career Teachers’ Support Fund is a small fund that can support the training costs for early career teachers.

The number of teachers leaving (and considering leaving) the profession is increasing year on year. Research evidence shows the positive impact that practising mindfulness can have on teachers which includes improved stress regulation, greater self-compassion and increased teaching efficacy. We believe that if teachers have the opportunity to learn mindfulness early in their careers it can support them as they face some of the challenges of the profession. It will also help them to notice the moments that they enjoy and contribute to the positive development of relationship with colleagues and pupils.

Additionally, feedback from our Class Impact surveys tells us that teachers who teach our curricula to children and young people find it hugely rewarding and beneficial experience.

This Fund will support teachers so that they can learn mindfulness for themselves, supporting their professional and personal development, and train to teach our curricula early in their careers so that they can bring mindfulness to more children and young people.

Who can apply?

This Fund is available for teachers working in any type of school in the UK within four years of the date that they achieved Qualified Teacher Status. There is no restriction on the number of applications a school may make.

What are the prerequisites?

No previous experience of mindfulness is required. We will need confirmation of your commitment to complete the course in full, and evidence from your employer of their support for this CPD. If you are applying to the Fund for financial support with Teach Paws b or Teach .b courses, we will need confirmation from your headteacher that curriculum time will be made available to teach the lessons to children and young people during the school day.

How much is available?

In order to support as many early career teachers as possible, this Fund will provide 50% of the course fees for courses taking place before 31st August 2020. This is a small fund which we will allocate on a first come first served basis. The majority of the Fund will be awarded to teachers working in state-maintained schools, but up to 6.5% of the Fund will be available to independent schools, mirroring the estimated proportion of pupils estimated to be educated by the independent sector.

How do I apply?

Please go to the the Early Career Teachers’ Support Fund page and complete the form there to apply.