That the national curriculum should include the requirement to teach children and young people how to look after their mental health and build emotional resilience through approaches such as mindfulness.
CentreForum Mental Health Commission
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'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.
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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 and research reveals that developing students' social and emotional intelligence improves their academic achievement and emotional well-being."
Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People includes:
· 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
Mindfulness in Schools is allied with the UN 2013 World Happiness Report and is one of the four major objectives of the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 to: "implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health." See our Paradigm section for full details.
Have a look at the Teachers' page! We highlight resources and don't forget The Guardian Teacher Network that has resources to help introduce the concept of mindfulness to pupils, to help them be calm, focused and creative.
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