Reducing barriers to learning.

Mindfulness has been talked about a lot almost to the point that it has lost all meaning – just another buzzword. We have to remember what it means to be mindful, and how beneficial a mindful approach is to students and teachers respectively. A mindful approach for students can encourage them to connect more with the world around them, be more open with their peers and teachers, as well as to instil empathy and provide them with the necessary tools to become emotionally mature later in life.

60 mindful minutes available here.

Find calmness and focus

"Just providing space outside for revision can help to calm and focus the mind. All the teachers I have been working with who have mindfulness programmes in their schools have found that ‘sit’ spots or ‘magic’ spots in natural outdoor spaces really help with their mindfulness practice – both indoors and outdoors. Being alone but not lonely in a special outdoor place really helps students tune into the present and focus their thoughts and feelings, while acknowledging all the other ‘stuff’ that enters our heads. Using the sensory faculties then brings us back to the present. It is often a real de-stressor"

Jon Cree, chair of the Forest School Association and training coordinator for Bishops Wood Centre