Mind With Heart's tools help innovative schools make their aspiration a reality, giving staff and students alike a graduated path to greater well-being, emotional health and social sustainability, starting from wherever they are.
We support you through the process of considering the options, putting an appropriate intervention in place, and scaling-up when the time is right.
Here's how different schools are working with Mind With Heart:
—as a tool for whole-school change
—training teachers to become role-models of mindfulness and compassion
—offering students a whole social and emotional learning curriculum
—supporting transition from Year 6 to 7
—stress relief for Year 12
—as an elective activity during lunch time or after school
—in learning support groups
—as an option during recreational sport
Process - integrating a culture of mindfulness and compassion
How can we get involved?
1. TASTER SESSION AND CONSULTATION
Every school is different, so we suggest you start by offering students and teachers a taster in mindfulness and compassion and tell us about your needs. This gives you the opportunity to try before you sign up to a full-length course. If you want to take things further, we can then choose a suitable process of implementation together.
2. OFFER YOUR STUDENTS A TRAINING IN MINDFULNESS OR COMPASSION
Mind With Heart Educators can deliver a 10-week course of CONNECTED in your school. Our team of educators are highly-trained teachers and mindfulness practitoners and represent excellent value for money. We are a registered charity and our educators charge about the same as a supply teacher, plus administration costs and travel expenses.
3. TEACHER TRAINING AND A WHOLE-SCHOOL APPROACH
Mindfulness and compassion curriculum have the greatest impact when teachers feel confident in practising the exercises themselves. In this way, the teachers begin to embody the training, its benefits are passed onto other teachers and students and these values start to integrate into school life.
The first step is to arrange a consultation. After this, Mind with Heart often address all staff during a professional development day.
Then, a core group of up to twenty percent of staff commit to undertake the introductory training. Once staff are familiar with the mindfulness and compassion exercises themselves, they introduce short mindfulness exercises in class.
Schools can then undergo further training if they choose to offer CONNECTED, a complete social and emotional learning curriculum for students.
4. TEACHER TRAINING OUTSIDE SCHOOL
Are you enthusiastic about mindfulness and compassion but recognise that your school is not yet ready for an integrated approach? Why not attend one of our trainings? This will give you the confidence and understanding to approach senior management with a realistic proposal.