mindfulness in education

A Workshop for Teachers and Headteachers

This workshop gives all school staff a thorough grounding in the principles of mindfulness and the benefits it can bring. It also teaches some techniques they can use for themselves straight away.

The longer versions of this workshop also teach a variety of easy, ‘drop-in’ mindfulness techniques that staff can use with the children in the classroom. For example:

  • 5 senses exercise
  • The Happy Switch
  • Power Posing
  • Dance and Sing
  • Mindful eating
  • Mindful movement
  • Kindness language
  • Safe place visualisation
  • Our thoughts and the glitter globe
  • Gratitude exercise
  • Getting in the fresh air
  • Mindful body scan
  • Positive affirmations
  • Check-in: how am I feeling?

workshop delivery

This workshop is perfect for INSET days and twilight sessions. It is available in three tiers:

tier 1

Three-hour session:

An introduction to mindfulness and the benefits it can bring to you at work and in your personal life, along with some techniques you can use yourself to deal with stress and anxiety.

tier 2

Four-hour session:

As per the three-hour session, plus a selection of simple, ‘drop-in’ mindfulness activities that you can use in the classroom straight away.

tier 2

Five-hour session:

As per the three-hour session, plus a broader selection of simple, ‘drop-in’ mindfulness activities that you can use in the classroom straight away.

I will present the workshop to your team on your school premises. There is no limit to the number of people that can attend. I ask that you provide a flip chart and pens. Attendees only need to bring a pen and paper.

workshop feedback

Botley Church of England Primary School

Sarah ran a highly successful training event with all staff looking at mindfulness. This has had a real impact on day to day practice and on how members of staff at school are more aware of considering their own well being and how best to support it. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Sarah and would strongly endorse her training as having a real purpose and impact within school.

J Cooil / Headteacher

Sholing Junior School

As we will be delivering mindfulness in the curriculum this term, we decided to ask Sarah to come in and deliver a mindfulness workshop to all staff. Sarah worked closely with us beforehand to make sure the workshop was exactly what we wanted and needed. It was informative, interactive anduseful which gave staff the knowledge and confidence to be able to deliver mindfulness to all children in the school on a daily basis. In addition, she emphasised the importance of mindfulness for adults working in the school as well as the children. Her knowledgeable and relaxed approach meant that everyone engaged with ease and enjoyed the interactive session. Thank you Sarah, there were endless positive comments afterwards from the staff.

Angela Manore / Sholing Junior School

workshop costs

3 hour session
£325

Cost includes a one-hour initial consultation and my expenses/materials.

4 hour session
£395

Cost includes a one-hour initial consultation and my expenses/materials.

5 hour session
£475

Cost includes a one-hour initial consultation and my expenses/materials.

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mindfulness in education

A course for primary school students

My Mindfulness in Education programme for Primary School Students is a classroom course, delivered by me, to groups of up to 15 pupils. It teaches powerful and age-appropriate strategies to help the children identify and give language to their feelings. It also teaches them techniques for recognising and tackling stress and anxiety.

The objective of the programme is to enhance students’ concentration, increase their self-acceptance, and boost their mental health, happiness and confidence.

The programme is suitable for all primary school children, from Year R through to Year 6, and includes:

  • How the brain works and the mind-body connection
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques to tackle stress and anxiety
  • The importance of kindness, gratitude and compassion
  • The power of dancing, movement and healthy eating
  • Creative visualisations to change their mood
Mindfulness in Schools

course delivery

sample course outline

WEEK 1

The mind-body connection
  • ‘It’s ok not to feel ok’
  • Awareness of our feelings and what we do with them
  • What happens to our bodies when we are anxious
  • Introduction of core breathing exercises

WEEK 2

Visualisation & 'the happy switch'
  • Recognising a range of emotions
  • ‘Where the mind goes, the body follows’
  • Benefits of dancing and feeling happy
  • Visualisation: ‘happy switch’ training

WEEK 3

Tension vs. Relaxation
  • Noticing tension in the body
  • Understanding what makes us feel relaxed
  • Progressive relaxation techniques
  • Visualisation: creating calm

WEEK 4

Mindfulness, Moving & Eating
  • Simple introduction to mindfulness
  • Benefits of mindful movement and mindful eating on our health, fitness and wellbeing
  • Applying mindful eating/movement to how we feel
  • How gratitude plays a part

WEEK 5

Strengths & Resilience
  • Recognising you are unique
  • Realising strengths and improvement areas
  • Bouncing back from a tough situation
  • ‘Thoughts are not facts; we can change them’ 
  • ‘You have a range of emotions, and that is ok’
  • Visualisation: ‘my safe space’

WEEK 6

Special Requests

In the last week, I like to see what the children and teachers want to focus on, so I ask for special requests. Additional areas we can cover in week 6 are:

  • Gratitude and kindness

  • Body scan

  • Other meditations/visualisations

  • Calming sequence

  • Mantras

  • Setting goals

  • Yoga

course feedback

Inset Cluster day at Wallop Primary - 29 October 2018

Feedback Evaluations: 24 out of 24 rated my introduction to practical mindfulness
Mindful Teacher – Mindful Student 4’s and 5’s (good 8 excellent 16)

Thank you – very helpful • Very relaxed, thank you • Enjoyed it • Many helpful and practical suggestions • I would have liked it to be a lot longer – overall very good and relaxing • Something different and very interesting • Very good both personally and professionally

Teacher Comments / Oct 2018

• Inspired me to work with children within school • Brilliant! Things that will actually work that are manageable for home and school – thank you! • As a Senior leader I find that mindfulness, connecting the children with their inner self is essential for mental health

Teacher Comments / Oct 2018

• Very useful and enjoyable – thank you! • Fab practical ideas • Some really useful practices for the classroom • Great introductions to mindfulness, but needed more time • I could listen to Sarah Kerr talk all afternoon. Really interesting and loads to put into place

Teacher Comments / Oct 2018

course cost

6 sessions of 45-60 mins
£295
For up to 15 children plus a Teacher

This cost includes a one-hour initial consultation and my expenses/materials.

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mindful parents : a workshop

A Mindfulness Workshop for Parents

In addition to my work with students and teachers, I also deliver mindfulness workshops to parents. This 1 hour 30 minute session gives them a virtual ‘toolbox’ of strategies that they can use at any time for themselves and with their children, in order to stay calm, resilient and relaxed. This includes how to catch hold of and change negative thoughts; what language to use to change how they feel; and what to do when they’re stressed and there’s no-one to talk to. For more information, please get in touch.

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