"Mindfulness in Schools - as important as sport and as
politically relevant as health."
29 March 2015
Mindfulness: Old Wisdom for Modern Times
BBC World Service
Mindfulness therapies – based on ancient practices of meditation – are increasingly being taken up as the means of dealing with the pressures of modern living. Supporters believe they provide an evidence-based therapy for dealing with some of the most intractable conditions of mental illness, but some critics say they are a commodification of ancient practices.
Edward Davey MP
On Saturday 28 February the Mindfulness Foundation presented the Ofsted Wellbeing Proposal to Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. We recommend that the online Data Dashboard be enhanced to include a snapshot of Wellbeing performance. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), applied to looked-after children since 2008, would be extended to all children and become a Wellbeing measure. Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan says "that early intervention is ‘the best way to prevent serious personal, societal, and financial costs that poor mental health can cause".
14 January 2015
Interim report of the MAPPG
Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group
Click here for a PDF copy of the interim report of the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary group that was launched in Parliament on Wednesday 14 January 2015. The three co-chairs, Chris Ruane MP (Labour), Tracey Crouch MP (Conservative), and Lorely Burt MP (Liberal Democrat), urge all political parties to look at the impressive evidence for mindfulness and incorporate the interim report recommendations into their manifestos ahead of the general election this year.
Please write to your MP and urge them to look at the impressive evidence for mindfulness and incorporate the interim report recommendations into their parties manifesto ahead of the general election this year. Click here to follow these 3 easy steps:
The Mindfulness Foundation 2015 Manifesto requests that these three policies are implemented for children to thrive and reduce the £100 billion annual costs of Mental Health problems . . . Link
15 Video Clips About Bringing Mindfulness Into Our World
Because we know it helps a great many people and Mindful Magazine get to hear from those folks everyday: teachers, nurses, police, gardeners, bankers, parents, you name it . . . Click here to see all 15 Videos including Jon Kabat-Zinn a Police Officer
and an Olympic Athletes Performance Psychologist.
'Mindfulness' courses for pupils being considered by government, minister reveals
"I think we are very interested in promoting this and we certainly think that it's an area that merits consideration based on the evidence we've seen to date," explained Mr Laws. He added that education minister Liz Truss has also begun the process of exploring the potential benefits of introducing the practice to schools.
The Mindfulness in Schools Campaign influences decision makers to raise awareness in support of policy-level initiatives with the help of impassioned supporters who are willing to advocate on this important issue. There's no replacement for direct contact between elected officials and voters, decision makers and their constituents or newspaper editors and their readers. The Mindfulness Foundation Tools will put you front and centre so you can speak out on behalf of Mindfulness in Schools. Get Involved Page.
The University of California, Berkeley Greater Good Science Center say it so eloquently "Over the last 20 years, our scientific understanding of human development has skyrocketed—and it's creating a paradigm shift in how we educate our children. Scientists are now suggesting that cognitive development is only 50 percent of the education equation. The other half is social and emotional development. Research reveals that developing students' social and emotional intelligence improves their academic achievement and emotional well-being."
· Mindfulness for young people is easy to carry out, fits into a wide range of contexts, is enjoyed by both students and teachers, and does no harm.
· Well conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people who take part.
Mindfulness can contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills and executive function.
Katherine Weare, Emeritus Professor, Universities of Exeter and Southampton
One of the four major objectives of the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 is to: "implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health." As highlighted in the UN 2013 World Happiness Report this is the contribution Mindfulness can make. See Paradigm section for full details.
Have a look at our Teachers' page! We highlight resources and don't forget The Guardian Teacher Network that can help you introduce the concept of mindfulness to pupils, to help them be calm, focused and creative.
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