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Mindfulness

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. It has been hugely helpful for my overall well being” - Student 

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the deliberate direction of our attention to the present moment. It involves observing whatever arises in the here and now with curiosity and without judgement. 

Our minds wonder constantly. According to some research, around 80% of our daily thoughts are negative.  Of course, some of these thoughts are helpful, they keep us alive, but they do not necessarily help us to thrive.

Mindfulness is a tool we can develop that allows us to bring our full attention back to the present moment as it unfolds. If we are doing something “mindfully”, we are fully experiencing each moment with all of our awareness.  In this state, we are fully conscious of the information relayed to us through our senses.  We become better listeners.  Food tastes better.  We see and experience more.   

Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, mindfulness trains us to explore and respond skilfully to whatever is happening in the here and now. 


“Honestly the whole course was unexpected for me, as I really wasn’t expecting it to do much but it’s definitely taken a big change in my life” - Member of Staff


Why teach mindfulness? 

There is a solid evidence base for teaching mindfulness, which comes from careful evaluations of interventions, including some randomised control trials, and clear support from the evidence from brain imaging and the developing findings of neuroscience. 
Evidence shows that practicing mindfulness improves: 

  • Concentration and focus 
  • Well-being (e.g. feel happier, calmer, more fulfilled, less anxious and less depressed)
  • Creativity
  • The ability to choose appropriate responses
  • The ability to cope with stress and difficult mental states 
  • Sleep problems
  • Blood pressure

People of all ages report after taking a mindfulness course that they have found they can learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and feel calmer, less anxious and less depressed. 


“The course opened my thoughts on how best to deal with stressful situations in my life” - Parent


What courses do we offer? 

Here at Francis Holland, we teach the Mindfulness in Schools curriculum (please click here to learn more).

For Students: 

Year 9: 10 weeks (.b training) 

The .b curriculum is a set of ten lessons, delivered as part of the PSHE programme, each teaching a distinct mindfulness skill. 

Year 6: 6 week course (pawsb training) plus top-up training as they approach their 11+ 

  • The pawsb curriculum is a set of 6, 1 hour sessions, or 12, 30 minute sessions. 
  • For Teachers and Parents: .b Foundations is an 8-week training course designed specifically for adults to introduce how mindfulness is taught in the school and to.
  • Feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
  • Get on better with others
  • Work more effectively by bringing increased awareness to the process
  • Increased resilience in the face of stress and difficulties. 

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact the Head of Mindfulness at gh@fhs-sw1.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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