FAQs

Am I eligible to train as a School Mindfulness Lead?

If mindfulness is to become an established part of the education of children and young people, it is very important that the highest standards of professionalism and evidence-based integrity are maintained. We believe that this is in the interests of all those teaching mindfulness and the adults and young people learning it.

You will be eligible to attend the School Mindfulness Lead Training if you:

  • Have trained to Teach .b and/or Paws b
  • Have delivered .b and/or Paws b at least twice to pupils in school
  • Are employed by, or in long term relationship with, the school community in which .b Foundations will be taught to adults.
  • Have a commitment to regularly be ‘on the ground’ in and communicate with the school(s) as part of your lead role in helping develop a long-term, sustainable mindfulness model for the school(s)*
  • In order to support yourself as a mindfulness lead, as well as the groups of staff you will be working with, we recommend that you commit to adherence to the UK Good Practice Guidelines for mindfulness teaching

 

*Please note: This training course is not intended for teachers wishing to become freelance adult mindfulness teachers. If this is your intention, and you are interested in training to teach a schools-based mindfulness curriculum please refer to our 3-day Teach .b Foundations training for existing adult mindfulness teachers.

Can anybody train?

No. You need to have developed a depth of personal understanding of mindfulness and experience of how it works in schools.

Can I apply for the Teach .b/Paws b course before completing my eight-week introduction to mindfulness course?

To ensure there is time to continue to explore and deepen the practices you have learned on your eight week mindfulness course, we require at least two – three months’ embedding period (depending on previous mindfulness experience) between the completion of your eight-week course and starting a Train to Teach .b or Paws b course.

However, you can apply to attend the Teach .b or Paws b course once you reach the end of your eight-week course, provided you commit to ongoing regular practice – both formal and informal. For more information on what this involves, please see the prerequisites for Teach Paws b and Teach .b

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 trained teacher maps to engage an independent .b or Paws b teacher to deliver the .b or Paws b curriculum.

The .b or Paws b teacher will be self-employed, so we are not in a position to instruct them 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 of the teacher etc, all we ask is that the fee they 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 make sure you speak with the teacher first, ideally in person! Read our advice on how to find the right teacher for you. It is better to wait for the right teacher than rush ahead with one that doesn’t give you confidence.

Can I train others to teach the .b curriculum?

The Teach .b course involves training to teach the curriculum to pupils, but not to provide any form of teacher training for adults (i.e. training others to teach the .b course).

Can I train others to teach the Paws b curriculum?

The Teach Paws b course involves training to teach the curriculum to pupils, but not to provide any form of teacher training for adults (i.e. training others to teach the Paws b course).

Can I translate the materials?

If you are interested in translating this curriculum into a language other than English, please read the section on translations in the FAQs. If you have any further questions, please contact enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org.

Do I need to work in education to apply for .begin?

Yes. You would have to either work or volunteer in a school or work/volunteer within an educational setting on a regular basis. Please note School governors and those who volunteer regularly in a school (including parent volunteers) are eligible to apply.

Do you offer a discount for groups?

Group discounts are available for Teach .b and Teach Paws b courses. If you have a group of 15+ teachers who all satisfy the course prerequisites please contact enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org.

Do you offer free places on courses?

As a charity, we are delighted to be able to offer a number of free and reduced price places on some MiSP training courses to schools who have above average numbers of pupils receiving Free School Meals. For more information about MiSP supported places click here.

How can I bring mindfulness to my school?

Click here to see our guidance on this.

How do I apply and how much will it cost?

Visit our Course Schedule page to find the course you’d like to attend. Click on the ‘Apply’ button and the corresponding page will provide you with information about the course, the cost and an application form which you can submit online.

How do I find out more about mindfulness?

MiSP delivers Information Events across the UK, please click here to find one near you.

How do I find out more about the .b curriculum?

Find out more about the .b curriculum on this page.

How do I train to Teach .b?

For more information on the 4-day training course click here

How do I train to Teach Paws .b?

For more information on the 3-day training course click here

How will schools contact me to discuss delivering the .b Foundations course?

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.

I am new to mindfulness, is .begin the right course for me?

We certainly hope so. .begin is taught online, but face-to-face in real-time by highly experienced mindfulness practitioners who are skilled in delivering group sessions. Hugely experienced in mindfulness and its many benefits through their own practice and training, they also understand the demands of working in education.

While .begin is intended as a general introduction to mindfulness for personal well-being, mindfulness is not for everyone. In particular, people who have recently experienced trauma or bereavement, or severe physical or mental illness, should consult with their GP or other medical advisers before undertaking any form of mindfulness training or practice.

For more information, please read the following article by Ruth Baer and Willem Kuyken.

If you wish to discuss any concerns you might have about the .begin course in this respect, please contact enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org

I am not a school teacher – can I train with you?

We train people from a variety of backgrounds such as community workers, independent mindfulness teachers, school counsellors, therapists and educational and clinical psychologists to teach our curriculums. Experience of working or volunteering in your line of work would be helpful as this is not a course which teaches the necessary classroom management skills needed when working with young people.

I am not a teacher within a school. Can I still train to teach .b?

Yes, provided you meet the prerequisites, you are still welcome to attend a Teach .b training. However, previous experience of teaching or working in some capacity with groups of students aged 11 – 18 is crucial. While there will be discussions and advice as part of the course about how mindfulness teaching might sit within a school classroom environment, it is assumed that you already have general classroom management skills and experience before attending the training.

If you intend to be a self-employed teacher of .b going into schools, it is important to be aware that the current financial constraints on schools are severe, and many schools have very limited resources to pay for external providers of teaching and training. Before investing in training to teach .b, we recommend that you approach schools in your area and try to get a sense of whether or not they would be in a position to employ you as an external teacher.

I am not a teacher within a school. Can I still train to teach Paws b?

Yes, provided you meet the prerequisites, you are still welcome to attend a Paws b training. However, previous experience of teaching or working in some capacity with groups of students aged 7-11  is crucial. While there will be discussions and advice as part of the course about how mindfulness teaching might sit within a school classroom environment, it is assumed that you already have general classroom management skills and experience before attending the training. 

If you intend to be a self-employed teacher of Paws b going into schools, it is important to be aware that the current financial constraints on schools are severe, and many schools have very limited resources to pay for external providers of teaching and training. Before investing in training to teach Paws b, we recommend that you approach schools in your area and try to get a sense of whether or not they would be in a position to employ you as an external teacher.

I would like to join the mailing list

To join the MiSP mailing list, and to be kept up to date with developments and courses, please click here

Is MiSP part of the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers?

MiSP is not part of the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers. MiSP trains adults to teach our .b, Paws b and .b Foundations curricula rather than in a general mindfulness training. MiSP’s focus is on the integrity and quality of the curricular content we develop, and ensuring individuals are trained well in that content.

Is there a minimum age limit for attending a MiSP course?

You must be at least 18 years of age to attend any MiSP training course.

Is this 1-day workshop suitable for me?

This course is for Head Teachers, Bursars or Financial Directors, Deputy Heads, Assistant Heads, and Heads of Sixth Form. School governors or heads of school consortia/multi-academy trusts are also welcome.

Learn more about the .b curriculum

To find out more click here

Learn more about the Paws b curriculum

To find out more about click here

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

At its most basic level, mindfulness helps train your attention to be more aware of what is actually happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. We learn to bring greater curiosity to whatever it is we experience. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founding father of secular mindfulness, described this skill as ‘being alive and knowing it’.

Read more about mindfulness on this page.

What are the outcomes from an 8-week course?

High quality evidence shows the benefits of an eight-week mindfulness course, benefits include:

  • a reduction in stress, burnout and anxiety
  • a reduction in the sense of task and time pressure
  • an improved ability to manage thoughts and behaviour
  • an increase in coping skills, motivation, planning and problem solving
  • an increase in self-compassion and self-care

Find out more about .begin MiSP’s eight-week online mindfulness course on this page.

What are the prerequisites for training to Teach .b or Paws b?

You must have completed in person an 8-week secular mindfulness course and have been practising mindfulness for at least 6 months from the start of your 8-week course and the start of the Teach .b training. The following courses are accepted: .b Foundations, MBSR, MBCT, Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Breathworks, Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC).

What do I need to know before I apply for .b Foundations?

To find out more about teaching .b Foundations please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

What do students say about the courses?

Read student and teacher feedback and case studies and watch videos in our evidence base.

What does the course include?

The training focuses on equipping participants with the necessary skills to deliver our curriculums, through observations of real-time lessons, discussions on pedagogy and teaching practice with peers. The training days start and end with mindfulness sessions, and are interwoven with short practices.

What else do I need to know before I apply?

To find out more about how and where you can teach .b please refer to the Terms and Conditions and the MiSP Essential guide which will hopefully answer any questions you may have.

What if I have other questions?

Please read the terms and conditions for booking and attending a .begin course and if you have any questions feel free to contact us at enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org

What is the time commitment for the 8-week .begin course?

After a 30-45 minute orientation, .begin takes the form of eight weekly sessions of approximately 90 minutes. There will also be home practice of around 20 minutes per day.

When and Where is the next course?

To view the upcoming schedule and to apply please click here.

Where can I find the .b sound files FOFBOC and Beditation?

To enjoy these sample practices from the .b curriculum (version 9) click here

Where can I teach .b?

The .b curriculum must not be taught as a public course i.e. freely advertised for any interested party to attend. Background knowledge of the pupils you teach is essential to ensuring their safety and wellbeing. Schools or educational organisations provide the necessary framework of policies and procedures to safeguard children in a way which a public course would not.

Where can I teach Paws b?

The Paws .b curriculum must not be taught as a public course i.e. freely advertised for any interested party to attend. Background knowledge of the pupils you teach is essential to ensuring their safety and wellbeing. Schools or educational organisations provide the necessary framework of policies and procedures to safeguard children in a way which a public course would not.

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!).

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.

Why run a face-to-face 8-week course on site?

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 eight-week course participants. The workplace setting also means they are taught in groups with colleagues and line managers.

To find out more about our .b Foundations course go to the Teach .b Foundations page.

Why train ‘in-house’?

Whilst you need outside expertise initially to kick start mindfulness, an in-house ‘mindfulness lead’ plays an important role in embedding it for the longer term by:

  • Running eight week-courses and drop-in sessions for staff on an on-going basis.
  • Developing a depth of personal understanding to guide and orient your school’s mindful culture
  • Tailoring the teaching and practice of mindfulness to your school’s own unique needs. Every school is different.
  • Doing the above in a way which is affordable and sustainable.
Will I receive a certificate on completion? Will it count towards CPD?

Having completed the course, you will receive a certificate. This could form part of your professional development records.

Will the technology for the online courses work for me?

You need a reasonable broadband internet connection and a computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone (which are built into almost all laptops nowadays). The platform we use is called Zoom, so for precise technical requirements, click here. As general guidance, if Skype or Facetime work on your computer or laptop then you should be fine.