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Primary school children given 'mindful meditations'

The offer, for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils, comes from a supplier of online meditation tools, Mindful Life Journeys

Posted by Julian Owen | February 21, 2018 | Health & wellbeing

Primary school children are being offered 'mindful meditation' sessions to “help increase resilience to stressful situations, help self-regulate emotions and improve learning outcomes”. 



The sessions, already being used by some schools, are being offered for Key Stage 1 and 2 children by Mindful Life Journeys, a company that provides online meditation tools.

 Designed in partnership with national charity Achievement for All, they are intended to “help combat an increasing incidence of lack of resilience in primary school children”. 

Evidence from a poll of teachers by the NASUWT last year found that a third of teachers have worked with primary school children suffering from depression, anxiety and panic attacks. 

The study found that 91 per cent of teachers knew children who had suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, while nearly 80 per cent said their primary school pupils had depression.



Children at primary school age are receptive learners and what we can teach them now about resilience can have a positive influence throughout the rest of their lives.”

The lack of resilience in some young children needs to be taken very seriously,” said Julie Pearson, co-founder of Mindful Life Journeys. “Not only will it affect their happiness and performance at school but, if not tackled early, it could lead to mental health issues in later life.

But we have a key opportunity if we act now. Childhood is meant to be a time of carefree happiness, not of stress and anxiety. As a society we have a responsibility to help these children improve their resilience as a matter of priority. The benefits will be more positive mindsets and improved learning outcomes.



Children at primary school age are receptive learners and what we can teach them now about resilience can have a positive influence throughout the rest of their lives.”



The sessions have been designed with input from professionals, including Achievement for All, headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants, parents and children. Commenting after using them, Year 2 pupil Taye said: “It helps me get calm and brave. It takes all my worry and fears away.” 



'Mindful meditation' sessions are now available to primary schools throughout the UK for less than half of one full pupil premium. Schools working with Achievement for All also qualify for a large discount.

To learn more, please visit https://mindfullifejourneys.com.

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