What is .b Foundations?
.b Foundations is a course designed by Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) for school staff to train in mindfulness.
If a more mindful culture in schools is to become a reality, a groundswell of staff exploring and practising mindfulness is essential.
MiSP created .b Foundations for this purpose. Offering a fresh take on the traditional 8-week MBSR/CT curriculum and approach we aim to make mindfulness as accessible and effective as possible for adults in school settings.
What is different about .b Foundations?
School staff are often frantically busy and may find it even more difficult to dedicate time to activities aimed at their own well-being than other 8 week course participants. The workplace setting also means they are taught in groups with colleagues and line managers.
To raise awareness and stimulate demand .b Foundations includes a carefully crafted taster session , along with shorter session than usual (90 minutes) designed to effectively introduce mindfulness to adults in the school community. Supportive attitudes and ways of relating are introduced visually and kinaesthetically, with the intention of fostering curiosity and engagement. Aspects of the .b (age 11-18) and Paws b (age 7-11) are included which help build a shared mindfulness language within school.
Beyond the curriculum .b Foundations teachers are introduced to strategies for working with what can arise in this context.
Who can teach .b Foundations?
This training route prepares teachers of MBSR/CT to teach .b Foundations. It is necessary to have completed at minimum a Level 1 training in Mindfulness (e.g. TTR1 at Bangor CMRP). We also require you to have taught at least two eight week courses to adults (or .b or Paws b).
Please see our formal list of prerequisites for full details.
As with other workplace settings, working with colleague groups in a school can be more challenging than teaching MBSR or MBCT. This work, therefore, doesn’t suit every mindfulness teacher and it may be worth considering your willingness and commitment to working with a group who may struggle to be as engaged or committed to developing a mindfulness practice. In our experience this teaching can be hugely rewarding. You are introducing people to mindfulness who might never have attended an MBSR or MBCT course. You are also seeing teachers go on to be more content and resourced in their professional roles. In addition, you are laying the building blocks for some to go on to become future inspiring mindfulness teachers to pupils and colleagues.
The training course
This 3-day training course enables us to offer:
- An introduction to the .b Foundations curriculum
- Development of knowledge and confidence in delivering the curriculum content
- Familiarisation with styles of delivery and enquiry specific to this curriculum and the schools/workplace context
- Development of a workable plan to begin to access schools to offer .b Foundations
- Training with deep connection to mindfulness practice. The course will allow people to explore and reflect on their own personal and teaching practice, offering learning relevant to participants’ other mindfulness teaching.
How MiSP supports you after the training
Upon completion on the training you receive six months free membership of the MiSP Teachers’ Network (£75 +VAT a year thereafter) which includes an active forum, online teacher hangouts, promotional materials and updated versions of the curriculum and resources.
Referrals are via the .b Foundations teacher map
A .b Foundations map is now available which enables schools and other organisations to contact .b Foundations teachers in their area. As you will be self-employed, we are not in a position to instruct you on what to charge. Of course, it will vary from region to region and according to the size of group, type of school, travel time and experience etc, all we ask is that the fee you charge is reasonable and affordable for all schools. This is key to the integrity of the work we do, and our aim to increase the accessibility and sustainability of mindfulness provision within schools.
Please click to view the Terms & Conditions for booking a .b Foundations course and the Terms and Conditions of teaching the .b Foundations curriculum