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Building the Next Normal in Wellbeing Education
Creating a Whole School Wellbeing Culture

A priority for us all in 2022 is understanding how we as educators can respond to the adverse impact of COVID19 on mental health. Good mental health for staff, children and young people begins with awareness raising and the development of an open, inclusive culture where individuals feel comfortable in talking about their wellbeing and supported in nurturing healthy self-care practice. The creation of a caring and compassionate Wellbeing Culture enables everyone to thrive in our new normal school communities.

 

Teachers and educators are uniquely placed to be positive role models by demonstrating the life-enhancing skills pupils need to help time-limit and mitigate anxiety and stress caused by COVID19.

 

As Ginott1 says of teachers:
1H. (1976) Teacher and Child, Macmillan New York

Resilience, Equanimity, Acceptance, Managing Emotions, Self-Compassion, Gratitude, Kindness, Awareness, Attention, Connecting With Others
I've come to a frightening conclusion that I'm the decisive element in the classroom. It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. ...it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated.
I've come to a frightening conclusion that I'm the decisive element in the classroom. It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. ...it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated.
Whole School Approach
Our Ethos

Do-BeMindful empowers staff, parents/carers, children and young people to care for their own mental wellbeing through Mindfulness-inspired education. We create dynamic, sustainable Mindful learning communities that foster a calm, kind and supportive culture. Our unique whole-school approach utilises blended-learning via a purpose-built online platform that’s inclusive, flexible and accessible to all.

Our COVID-19 Response

In 2020 we created our Foundation Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness Programme for staff and our Resilience-based Recovery Programmes for Early Years, Primary and Secondary pupils. These equip participants with practical knowledge of self-care and personal mental wellbeing, while nurturing the emotional resilience needed to cope with uncertainty and stress. Our Do-BeMindful Programmes have already delivered positive, measurable outcomes in over 500 schools and Early Years Settings, to more than 3,500 staff and 10,000 pupils.

Our Healing Pathway

Each Do-BeMindful programme builds a Mindfulness Toolbox that fosters sustainable personal practice in fun and enriching ways. Programmes include 8 weeks of inspirational learning notes, guided experiential practices, inspiring videos, learner-led activities, reflection exercises, inspiring lesson ideas linked to the Curriculum, access to an online community that offers peer-to-peer support and facilitates sharing of innovative ideas. For more information see our programmes For Educators, Early Years, Primary and Secondary.

” This is a fantastic whole school programme that supports all staff in their own wellbeing. An essential part of any school’s toolkit for staff wellbeing. “

Head Teacher, Millbrook Primary, Newport, Wales

“ I can’t recommend Do-BeMindful enough. I am less reactive in situations, more kind to myself and I now know the importance of being fully present in the moment. ”

Member of support staff, Emneth Nursery, Norfolk, England

“ A life changing experience, Transformative for education. ”

Teacher, Neyland Primary School

“ I am now more aware of my ability to take a little time out of the fuss and mess of the day and simply be present in my own body. This has helped my sleeping and it has, at times, helped me to develop a greater sense of perspective in stressful moments. ”

Teacher, Rothesay Academy

“ Eye-opening! Gave me a new perspective on how I see and deal with things. Being grateful to be alive and for all the things and people around me. Connecting with myself again and being present. Life’s not sunshine and rainbows but owning that and appreciating what you have will definitely benefit you and others. Be kind, Be patient, Be generous. ”

Teacher, St Clements Church of England Primary School, Manchester

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