School Mindfulness Lead

Dates2nd - 8th April, 2018
LocationBloxham School
Banbury Rd
Bloxham
Banbury
OX15 4PE
Cost£1,050 + VAT

The School Mindfulness Lead course prepares experienced .b / Paws b teachers in schools to lead colleagues in the .b Foundations introductory session and 8-session curriculum, but also to become a ‘mindfulness lead’ within the school or educational group in which they are employed. For more information about this course click here.

This training will enable you to deliver the .b Foundations course to staff within the safeguarded environment of your school or group of schools. The course does not equip teachers to become external providers of mindfulness training to organisations other than the school(s) in which they are employed or with which they have an ongoing relationship. For example, a teacher or leader working within a group or consortium of schools or academy chain, with which they have regular contact and with whom they would have ongoing input would meet these criteria. However, someone hoping to work in schools or groups of schools as an external and independent provider of adult mindfulness training would not. The training does not equip you with the skills to teach mindfulness to adults generally but is a specialist training developed for teachers within schools.

This is a residential course and you will be allocated a single room and will share a bathroom. The fee includes accommodation, all meals and refreshments. The course will begin at 5pm on Monday 2nd April, with attendees welcome to arrive and settle in from 4pm. The training concludes after lunch on Sunday the 8th of April. Please note that we require full attendance on all aspects of the course in order for final certification and access to all teaching materials to be provided.

If you meet the Prerequisites for training and agree to the Terms & Conditions for booking a course and the Terms and conditions of the School Mindfulness Lead course please complete the application form below.

Please note: The application form cannot be completed by someone else on your behalf.

School Mindfulness Lead Application

1. Ongoing commitment of a School Mindfulness Lead

If mindfulness is to become an established part of the education of children and young people, it is vital 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 educators learning it. We ask that anyone applying to train as a School Mindfulness Lead understands and agrees to the prerequisites and to continue to adhere to these standards on an ongoing basis.

1.1 - Personal Mindfulness Practice

Having an established personal mindfulness practice allows you to:

  • Teach mindfully
  • Embody mindfulness
  • Model mindfulness to other teachers and school staff
  • Guide practices with awareness
  • Skilfully respond in enquiry appropriate to a professional setting
1.2 - Leading colleagues
  • Ability to facilitate interest and engagement within a professional setting
  • Holding of an open and safe learning environment for teachers and school staff
  • Good communication skills
  • Skilful management of group dynamics

2. Understand and commit to the prerequisites

2.1 - Trained in .b / Paws b and taught the course at least twice

The School Mindfulness Lead course prepares experienced .b / Paws b teachers in schools to lead colleagues in the .b Foundations introductory session and 8-session curriculum, but also to become a ‘mindfulness lead’ within the school or educational group in which they are employed.

This course recognises the practice and experience of .b and Paws b teachers in schools. The experience of the structure, language and approach involved in the teaching of .b / Paws b complements the additional skills needed to introduce mindfulness to colleagues and parents within their school or educational organisation.

We therefore request that those who wish to attend the School Mindfulness Lead course are trained in delivering .b or Paws b in the classroom, and have done so at least twice by the time they attend the School Mindfulness Lead course.

Please note: if you trained to teach .b in 2016 as part of the MYRIAD research project, please contact enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org before completing this application form.

2.2 - A well-established formal practice of at least 20-30 consecutive minutes, on 6 out of 7 days a week

Formal practice means adopting a supportive posture and sitting in stillness while intentionally cultivating the ability to bring kind and curious awareness to the body and mind. Some formal practices are explored as part of an 8-week secular mindfulness course, such as Breath and Body, Sounds and Thoughts, Turning Towards Difficulty, Gratitude and Compassion practices.

Such practices, commonly found in MBSR and MBCT courses provide the scaffolding that underlies the .b / Paws b / .b Foundations curricula, and it is assumed that those who attend our teacher training courses have a well- embedded experiential understanding of the key practices involved.

It is important to have experience of a range of practices and not do the same practice every day. For example, Body Scans are a good way to begin to explore mindfulness practice, but a weekly practice that mainly consists of body scans would not meet prerequisites for a .b Foundations training course, and must be combined with other formal practices during the week. For example, two body scans per week, alongside other formal practices mentioned above would be acceptable.

What does not count as formal practice?

Informal practices are ways of integrating mindfulness into your daily life, using the breathing space or through mindful activity such as mindful eating, mindful cooking, mindful walking, mindful sports...etc

Although we strongly encourage you to use these techniques as a way of enriching your experience of mindfulness, these do not ‘count’ as a formal practice as they do not foster the same insights as more extended, formal practices.

Many other practices have elements of mindfulness within them but are not accepted under our prerequisites, as they are not directly related to our curricula. Common examples of these include yoga, relaxation, visualisation and transcendental meditation.

Use both silent and guided practice

Guided practices (using recorded guidance) are a helpful way of internalising the scripts and structures of the practices in question. They help you to learn specific techniques, as well as refresh your practice.

It is also essential that you develop your ability to guide yourself in silence before training to teach mindfulness to young people. Silent practice enables you to be responsive to what comes up in the present moment, which forms the basis of being able to guide others while remaining grounded in your own experience.

2.3 - Employed by the school or educational group in which you intend to be a School Mindfulness Lead

The School Mindfulness Lead course is intended to help school staff to develop a more sustainable, in-house model for mindfulness training and development.

The course does not equip teachers to become external providers of mindfulness training to organisations other than the school(s) in which they are employed or with which they have an ongoing relationship. For example, a teacher or leader working within a group or consortium of schools or academy chain, with which they have regular contact and with whom they would have ongoing input would meet these criteria. However, someone hoping to work in schools or groups of schools as an external and independent provider of mindfulness training would not.

If, due to exceptional circumstances, you would like us to consider an alternative training pathway, please contact the applications team on enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org. Please note that we are unable to hold places until an application form is received.

If you do not meet one or more of the conditions above and would like more information and guidance about how to train through the School Mindfulness Lead course in the future, please click here.

3. Complete the Application Form

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