Why we do what we do: 8 evidence-based principles that guide MiSP

The Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) has, from its inception in 2009, taken the evidence seriously.

Published research on our programmes

Throughout MiSP’s development, our programmes have been the focus of a growing number of published papers. We have learned a good deal in the process about the impact of our curricula and how we might further develop them. Most recently, we were happy for .b to be the training programme and subject of the MYRIAD project, the results of which have given us a useful steer for the future of our programmes.

Evidence from the wider field

We base our development on what we can learn from the wider field. Our website has always acted as a repository of published research evidence on mindfulness in schools, drawn from many programmes worldwide. We have commissioned two reviews of the field, one of mindfulness for pupils and one of mindfulness for teachers, which have been downloaded and cited often.

Feedback data

Evidence also comes from lived experience.

Many of the MiSP team, including those who develop our curricula, are experienced classroom teachers. We have developed tools to help schools collect feedback from which we measure our impact. We have put together examples of successful implementation of mindfulness-based initiatives and key learning, including where things have not quite gone to plan. 

Our 8 evidence-based principles

Some of the key evidence-based principles which drive us and how these play out across our work:

1. Mindfulness begins with the teachers we train developing their own understanding and practice, and by invitation

2. Development is a steady process and takes time

3. Base the design of programmes on proven principles

4. Encourage pupil engagement

5. Encourage out of classroom practice and recognise seeds planted today might germinate years later

6. Look after the mental health of pupils and the teachers we train

7. Support the integration of mindfulness with PSHE

8. Commitment to our own continuous development

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