Don’t rush! To embed mindfulness properly takes time…
Once you have developed a regular mindfulness meditation practice and experienced it yourself ‘from the inside’, you are ready to train to teach either Paws b (for 7-11 year olds) or .b (for 11 to 18 year olds).
Why do I need training?
Our 3 day (Paws b) and 4 day (.b) trainings thoroughly resource you for the teaching of mindfulness to pupils in schools. You will gain not only a far greater understanding of mindfulness itself, but also outstanding resources to bring it to life in the classroom.
Find out more about the .b curriculum here.
Find out more about the Teach .b course here.
Find out more about the Paws b curriculum here.
Find out more about the Teach Paws b course here.
How do I apply and how much will it cost?
From the schedules listed below, please find the course you’d like to attend and click on the ‘Register’ link, this page will provide you with information about the course, the cost and an application form which you can submit online.
When is the next course?
Please see our list of upcoming Teach .b courses here
Please see our list of upcoming Teach Paws b courses here.
Why do I have to meet the ‘prerequisites’ before I train to teach mindfulness to pupils?
In order to be a swimming instructor you need to have spent plenty of time in the pool. Similarly, in order to teach mindfulness you need to have repeatedly experienced it yourself over a period of time and understood its paradoxes and complexities. It needs to make sense to you in practise as well as in theory so that you can bring it to life for inquisitive and often cynical young people (not to mention colleagues!).
What are the prerequisites for training to Teach .b or Paws b?
You are required to have done at least the equivalent of an 8-week training course in mindfulness such as the 8-week .b Foundations course or Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), as well as practising mindfulness yourself on a regular basis for 6 months following the end of the 8 week course. Please see our formal list of prerequisites to train to teach either Paws b (for 7-11 year olds) or .b (for 11 to 18 year olds).
Can I find an independent trained .b or Paws b teacher to deliver the lessons to pupils?
If you would like to get started and introduce mindfulness to pupils before training staff, you can use our website map to engage an independent .b or Paws b teacher to deliver the .b or Paws b curriculum.
Locate a trained .b teacher here.
Locate a trained Paws b teacher here.
In line with MiSP’s intention to widen access to mindfulness in educational settings at a fair price the fees charged should fall within these guidelines:
· 6 or 12 lesson Paws b course £300 – £500
· 10 lesson .b course £300 – £500
The final costs should be determined by considerations such as the number of participants, the length of the sessions, the school context, teacher travel time and their experience in teaching mindfulness and any travel or other expenses.
Please make sure you speak with the teacher first, ideally in person! Read our advice on how to gauge their level of competence. It is better to wait for the right teacher than rush ahead with one that doesn’t give you confidence.