Training to teach MiSP curricula costs about £6 per pupil if, over a period, you teach it to 120 pupils. Below we consider how you can fund this, looking at existing funding in your school and other sources of funding.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies reports that school spending per pupil is on course to be back above 2010 levels by 2024. However, it is a different picture when considering the actual costs schools are likely to face (particularly increases in staff costs, energy and food prices), with funding only just keeping pace with school costs.
Although funding for schools has increased, schools are, as a result of rising costs, just about breaking even on average in 2022-23.
Resource challenges, to name just a few, include:
- Retention and recruitment costs, particularly in secondary schools
- Year on year increase of pupils with special education needs (SEN)1
- There were 4.2 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2021-22. That’s 29 per cent of children, or nine in a classroom of 302
- An increase in pupil numbers but a reduction in the number of schools3
- Changes to exams4
- Changes to Ofsted and the inspection framework5
- The number of under 18s referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has risen by 53% since 2019, escalating to over 1.2 million in 20226
- An increase in the number of children looked after by local authorities, with looked-after children numbers now over 82,000 children7
To summarise? There are conflicting demands on your school budget, so mindfulness must compete for funding. Here are some ideas to hopefully help you release some resources:
Existing funding in your school
Other sources of funding
There are a limited number of other sources of funding which might provide grants to cover some or all of the costs of training adults to teach mindfulness to children and young people in schools.