Together for Children, who deliver Children’s Services for Sunderland City Council, have commissioned Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) to deliver FREE introductory mindfulness training to schools within Sunderland. MiSP will be running multiple information webinars and Teach .breathe courses exclusively for schools in Sunderland in 2021 and 2022.
As part of the Sunderland Prevention Programme it has been agreed to provide a consistent approach to mindfulness in schools by engaging a provider to deliver training to staff in schools in Sunderland. Research has established that mindfulness is a way to reduce anxiety and stress and it contributes to increased self-awareness and self-acceptance. It supports personal resilience building and is also seen as a useful skill in recovering from mental ill health. Learning mindfulness provides children with a skill that they can utilise and deploy throughout their life.
This project will train staff members in school so that they will:
- have an improved knowledge of mindfulness
- be able to deploy a range of simple, effective mindfulness exercises to pupils
- understand when it is / is not appropriate to deploy learned mindfulness exercises
Teach .breathe is a ‘taster’ course for adults introducing them to mindfulness and providing the four lessons of .breathe for them to deliver as a ‘taster’ of mindfulness to children aged 9-14 who are facing various life transitions: from class to class, from lockdown back to school, from primary to secondary, and from childhood to adolescence. The training is based on findings from scientific research into mindfulness, and follows research evidence carefully.
.breathe was developed by MiSP as part of a large-scale research project called ‘Healthy Minds’, providing 4 lessons typically taught in Year 7. This project, delivered by Bounce Forward in partnership with the London School of Economics and funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, researched a resilience-based PSHE curriculum with 11,000 students in 34 schools over 5 years. The research found percentage gains across five measures which included emotional health, behaviour, physical health, life satisfaction and global health.
.breathe explores issues around (1) Working with concentration and focus; exploring how we can work with a wandering mind (2) Why humans worry, and how to support ourselves when we do so (3) Sleep: why it is important and what to do if we struggle to sleep well (4) Being with others: the opportunities and challenges of working skilfully with friendships and other relationships, both in person and online.
There are two options for attending this online training:
- A one-day Teach .breathe, which takes place 08.45 – 16.30.
- A two half-day Teach .breathe, which is takes place 13.00-16.30 on the same afternoon on two consecutive weeks.
This training is intensive and participants will be expected to participate actively in all sessions. It is crucial that participants attend the training …
- In a quiet space where they will not be interrupted, and not sharing a laptop or being in the same room as someone else attending the course (this is to avoid audio feedback issues).
- Having checked all technology is working to a quality that allows for full engagement with the taught course.
- With their camera switched on, unless advised otherwise during the course (e.g. during lunch breaks).
- Using a PC/laptop/Mac with reasonable broadband and a webcam. You cannot join the course using a mobile device or tablet as these may have limited functionality when using Zoom.
- Taking part in the training as if the course was happening with everyone in the same room. This means stepping away from distractions (technology, work commitments etc.), and being fully committed to engaging in all taught sessions and activities.
If participants are attending the course from the school setting, they must ensure that colleagues understand that they are not available for work-related tasks or responsibilities such as supervising students or attending meetings.
Any school staff member is eligible to attend this training provided they have experience of working or volunteering with groups of children aged 9-14 years of age. No previous experience of mindfulness is required, but it is crucial that participants are willing to engage in introductory mindfulness practices both during the Teach .breathe course and beyond.
All primary and secondary settings in Sunderland can take up to two places on Teach .breathe courses.
If settings would like to train more than two staff, they are encouraged to apply so that they can be added to a waiting list. Spare places on training courses will be offered to these settings.
Each individual staff member who would like to join this project can simply click on the links to webinars and training below. Given the invitational, voluntary nature of this training, individuals must apply directly themselves and cannot be signed up by colleagues.
To find out more about mindfulness in schools and about this project Sunderland schools are invited to attend a 45 minute information webinar being held on the following date:
- 4pm on Thursday 11th November 2021 – Register Here
One-day Teach .breathe courses are being held on the following dates:
- Wednesday 24th November 2021 – Apply Here
- Wednesday 8th December 2021 – Apply Here
- Wednesday 19th January 2022 – Apply Here
- Thursday 10th February 2022 – Apply Here
- Tuesday 29th March 2022 – Apply Here
Half-day Teach .breathe courses are being held on the following dates:
- Thursday afternoons on the 25th November and 2nd December 2021 – Apply Here
For further information about this project please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply for a Teach .breathe course:
Please note that this course is being funded by Together for Children, Sunderland. Neither you nor your school will be invoiced for your place.
+ Thurs 2nd Dec, 1.00pm-4.30pm