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?
Can I train others to teach the Paws b curriculum?
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 communications@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 introduce the .b curriculum to my school?
How do I introduce the Paws .b curriculum to my school?
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 want to find out more about the .b curriculum?
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?
What are the outcomes from an 8-week course?
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 .b course?

Read and listen to feedback from students who have completed the .b course.

What do Students say about the Paws .b course?
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 if there aren’t enough staff to run an 8-week course?
What is the time commitment?

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.

When and where is the next Teach Paws b course?

To train with MiSP in the UK click here to view our upcoming UK course schedule or to train overseas click here to view our upcoming overseas partner course schedule.

When is the next course?

To register your interest in the next course please contact enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org

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