research

Just calling something ‘mindful’ does not make it mindful

by Claire Kelly ‘Mindful’ and ‘mindfulness’ are rapidly becoming the words of the moment, a useful shorthand for ‘paying attention’ or even ‘relaxation’, but that isn’t what they mean, and it’s important to know why. As of August 2020, a simple Google search (from within the UK) for the term ‘mindfulness’ offers 268,000,000 results, indicating […]

Research into implementing mindfulness in schools

MYRIAD involves a range of studies, including a seven-year randomised control trial and research project funded by the Wellcome Trust. It is investigating whether and how mindfulness training (MiSP’s .b) can be used to prevent depression and build resilience during early adolescence, to establish whether mindfulness can be an effective and cost-effective approach to promoting […]

Research into the impact of mindfulness on teachers

Teaching is a challenging profession and work-related stress is a serious problem in schools. Whilst there is a large body of research on the mental and physical health benefits of mindfulness for adults generally, this 2015 study specifically investigates the impact of mindfulness on teachers in schools. Non-Randomised Feasibility Trial Assessing The Efficacy Of A […]

Research into .b

There have been a number of studies conducted to investigate the impact of our curriculum for 11-18 year olds, .b, on young people. One of the earliest was undertaken in 2013 to assess the acceptability of .b as a universal mindfulness intervention to enhance mental health and well-being in secondary schools. This was a non-randomised […]

Meeting DfE guidance for September: introducing mindfulness to support children’s wellbeing

For many teachers the summer holidays this year will not provide the mental and physical break from school life that they need. Earlier this month the DfE published its guidance for the full opening of schools in September, outlining how all state-funded schools should prepare for all pupils, in all year groups, to return to […]

20 Tips #8: Teaching Mindfulness Online? Reflections on Safeguarding during School Closures

As we ride the waves of uncertainty and daily changes to government guidance, our daily meetings at MiSP have been dominated by how we can best support students and teachers in the midst of school closures and restricted movement. We are also more than aware of how these changes will have affected many of those […]