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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". 

The Proposal recommends the use of the SDQ to measure the mental health of all school children. The use of this measure has also been proposed by the Office of National Statistics and the Centre Forum Commission. Ofsted and individual schools have a crucial role in measuring and reporting wellbeing, as highlighted by the APPG on Wellbeing Economics. A recent report by Prof Lord Darzi and Prof Lord Layard accused schools of a ’grossly inhumane failure to care for children’s wellbeing’ and being ‘exam factories’. 

Ofsted Wellbeing Proposal
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The Mindfulness Foundation has four focus areas

 

 

National Curriculum

 

Mindfulness Teacher Training

 

 

The main goal
of the Mindfulness Foundation
is to make mindfulness education
part of the UK National
Curriculum by 2022.

 

 

  The Mindfulness Foundation is collaborating
with vendors of mindfulness trainings and
innovative mobile and social supliers to
create transformative cognitive School System
Mindfulness Applications.


Empower individuals to lead happier, more
fulfilling lives by connecting with educational
institutions the Mindfulness Foundation aims to
make mindfulness education available and
affordable to UK educators.

Mindfulness Research

 

Mental Health

The Mindfulness Foundation is working on creating a database of mindfulness research to support and promote mindfulness education in the UK. It plans to increase awareness of mindfulness education and practices and attract funders and researchers to carry out more extensive mindfulness research.   Mindfulness has the potential of preventing some mental health problems and aid some who suffer from mental health disabilities. Mental health problems are one of the main causes of unhappiness. For this reason, the Mindfulness Foundation aims to bring more awareness to mental health and promote mindfulness classes as an alternative prevention method and treatment of mental illness in conjunction with other methods proven to aid those suffering from mental health issues.

In July '82 I had a meeting with IBM Corporation Government Programmes at 1801K Street, Washington DC to discuss our response to the global issue of hunger. It took more than two months to gather the information and it transpired that whilst IBM Country Managers had been supporting a number of major projects relating to the hunger issue there was no Corporate strategic focus or vision.


I mention this as in Parliament this week Elizabeth Truss MP admitted on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education that to-date "The Department for Education has not conducted any assessment of the use of mindfulness in schools" but "individual head teachers can decide whether they wish to adopt approaches relating to mindfulness."

 

Parliament: Secretary of State for Education - Mindfulness

28 November 2013

 

 

This was in response to these questions by Chris Ruane MP to the Secretary of State for Education:

 

(1) what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness in schools to reduce stress and absenteeism;
(2) what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness in schools to improve attention spans of children;
(3) what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness in schools in developing lifelong healthy mental health habits;
(4) what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness in schools in (a) improving behaviour and (b) increasing educational attainment.

 

So in 2013 the UK Education Department is in a similar situation on 'mindfulness' to IBM in '82 on 'world hunger'! The IBM story had a happy ending when in 2008 the Chairman announced a corporate 'Smarter Planet' initiative to help solve many global problems and sustainable development issues including smart food systems.

 

The Mindfulness Foundation is working to ensure that the UK Government strategic focus and vision for 'Mindfulness in Schools' will not take so long!

 

Yoga Bowers
CEO & Founder
Mindfulness Foundation
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