Media & Research Diary: 2017
News and Research links for Mindfulness in Education
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13 April 2017
Bringing daily guided mindfulness practices to 15 schools and over 12,000 students in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, Florida, is the goal of The Aetna Foundation and Inner Explorer.
Daily mindfulness practices have already been shown to increase math, science and reading performance by 10-18%, reduce student behavioral issues by nearly 60%, and reduce teacher stress by 43%. The program helps students develop life-long skills of focus, self-control, and resilience while giving teachers more time to engage and inspire students – a combination of benefits that has contributed to an 11-15% increase in students’ grade point average (GPA).
27 March 2017
Secretary of State for Education
Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is a priority for this Government and we know that schools, colleges and universities can play an important role in promoting good mental wellbeing at all times during the academic cycle.
We are also undertaking a programme of randomised control trials of promising preventative programmes that support positive mental health, as well as launching a programme of activity on peer support.
15 March 2017
Guernsey's government wants all schools to be using it as an ethos in the future. Schools in the Channel Islands are teaching mindfulness meditation to students, to improve well being and performance.
Mindfulness meditation is clinically proven to help with depression and has been used by the NHS for more than a decade. Studies have also found it helps children to concentrate more, sleep better and reduce bullying and other disruptive behaviour.
12 March 2017
The Department for Education (DfE)
The Department for Education (DfE) is inviting bidders for multimillion-pound contracts to offer mental health training in more than 200 schools.
Typical mindfulness lessons will reportedly encourage children to think of disturbing thoughts as “buses” that will move away, and they will be given questionnaires on bullying and friends.
This Mooc is based on the idea that everyone can benefit from mindfulness — a practice involving focusing on the present — in both their professional and their personal lives. The course comprises a series of training exercises intended to promote awareness, relaxation, wellbeing and improved performance. Since its launch in 2015, it has attracted 190,000 learners. The Mooc ran three times in 2016, with a total of 110,000 enrolments. The next course begins on May 15. Time commitment Six weeks with a workload of three hours a week.
Mindfulness in the Media from the Mindfulness Initiative
Click to see a few of the media pieces covering mindfulness in the last two months from the following categories:
Health & Lifestyle
Criminal Justice System
Politics and Society
Digital and Tech
28 February 2017
Abstract: Research suggests that many children are exposed to adverse experiences in childhood. Such adverse childhood exposures may result in stress and trauma, which are associated with increased morbidity and mortality into adulthood. In general populations and trauma-exposed adults, mindfulness interventions have demonstrated reduced depression and anxiety, reduced trauma-related symptoms, enhanced coping and mood, and improved quality of life. Studies in children and youth also demonstrate that mindfulness interventions improve mental, behavioral, and physical outcomes.
24 February 2017
Over 5,000 teachers in the UK have been trained to teach mindfulness, according to the Mindfulness Initiative, and that number is growing all the time. It's a meditation technique being used to help pupils improve their mental well-being. Tallulah Berry went to visit one primary school in London to find out from the pupils themselves how it makes them feel.
As we know, the new school year can be a stressful time with a lot going on. That's why we've teamed up with ABC Radio to create some FREE brand new back to school meditations. These short 2-minute meditations are tailored for students 7+, teachers and parents.
It has now been four years since a mindfulness training programme was established in the UK Parliament. Since then over 145 MPs and Members of the House of Lords, and 250 of their staff, have been on an eight-week course and many make use of a weekly drop-in class . We're starting to hear from parliamentarians that mindfulness practice has made a profound impact on their personal and professional lives, and has fostered new types of relationships in Westminster. As Labour Peer and former MP Lord Alan Howarth puts it, “The mindfulness group is an oasis of trust and friendship – something very important in our adversarial politics. It is a very great help for my focus, my energy, my perspective, my sense of proportion and balance.” , , , Continued
Harvard Graduate School of Education
A new report from the Center on the Developing Child (CDC) at Harvard University offers operational guidance for social workers, educators, and other caregivers — helping them use the science of child development as a framework for providing the support and services children need in the moment and the tools for continued success.
6 February 2017
Charities are calling for improved mental health provision in schools as new figures reveal more than 50,000 children and young people contacted Childline last year seeking help for serious mental health problems. The helpline has seen a 36% rise over four years in youngsters needing help for depression and other disorders, while there was also a rise in the number of youngsters feeling suicidal.
21 January 2017
There were around 60 students in each group which lasted for around one hour. The first session with 11 & 12 took place in an informal assembly type setting in the school theatre. Very quickly all the students were on the stage sitting on the floor and enjoying the opportunity to practice in the meditation posture. Generally on school visits I advise students to sit in a chair but as they are all so flexible due to their ballet training there was no problem to sit on the floor. We engaged in a series of practices.
Summary and Recommendations to the Inquiry on the Role of Education in Children and Young People’s Mental Health
There needs to be a better balance between attainment and wellbeing in schools. A good education is a protective factor for mental health, and good mental health helps you get a good education - so it is a virtuous circle. Most schools understand this but aren’t really rewarded for their work to support their pupils’ mental health.
DfE to recommend that schools strive towards a better balance in the curriculum, which incorporates mental health and wellbeing within PSHE lessons or the wider curriculum.
Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition’s Submission to the Inquiry on the Role of Education in Children and Young People’s Mental Health
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20 January 2017
Global Wellness News
Predicted to be the biggest future trend of all, thanks to an “alarming mental wellness crisis”, the Global Wellness Institute argues that spas, fitness studios, workplaces and governments will start putting more emphasis on helping consumers to tackle stress, depression and anxiety.
25:40 "Treatment is only part of the answer. We must look at what more can be done to prevent mental health problems, and work with you to capitalise on the crucial role civil society has to play in helping young people – and indeed people of all ages – build resilience."
We know from the research "mindfulness" is a powerful contributor to "building resilience in children."
MYRIAD: Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence
This £6.4 million 7 year research programme, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is being carried out by teams at the University of Oxford, UCL (University College London) and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, in collaboration with King’s College London and the University of Exeter.
4 January 2017