Mindfulness in schools is held back by the perception that well-being is irrelevant to the core business of the education system, despite its clear link with academic achievement. Nurturing children’s emotional well-being must be given much greater priority.

UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Wellbeing report, 11 September 2014

It’s impossible to ignore the growing concerns about the mental health of children and young people in this country.  Pressures to perform (in learning, on social media), to meet challenging targets, to balance the demands of work, family and friends, and issues around identity, self-image and relationships are taking their toll and presenting as absence, underperformance, stress, anxiety, and self-harm.

But these concerns aren’t solely reserved for students.

Recent figures around teacher absence through illness, along with reports of increasing stress levels, workload, and issues around recruitment and retention tell us that both groups are struggling – and it falls to schools to take action: to build resilience for all members of the school community.

When I researched what worked for my school, I quickly came to the conclusion that adopting someone else’s programme or pack of resources wasn’t the answer for creating and sustaining change in our mindset. By exploring the needs of our students and staff, we were able to create a programme that suited our needs and our context. Now I want to use that experience to create a programme that works for you, your students, your staff and your parents.

To find out more about the benefits of building resilience in your school, and how we can work together to effect positive change, get in touch here. 

After spending a morning with Pam building resilience and exploring mindfulness, I have witnessed so many positive language choices and  responses to children by our team of Forest School assistants; she has made such an impact in a short amount of time. I am hugely grateful for everything that she has done and hopefully will continue to do for us. I can’t recommend her highly enough.

Al Burdett – Forest School leader, Danesfield School

Pam is hugely inspirational and has changed the way I communicate with young children. She has given me the tools, confidence and strategies to help support and promote resilience in our wonderful children. I look forward to learning more from her and continuing to work along side her in our goal to increase the emotional well-being in young people. Thanks Pam!

Lisa Jones – Forest School parent volunteer, Danesfield School

Pam introduced a ‘Smile and Strive’ initiative in school which embraced staff as well as students. This placed an emphasis on ‘the positive’ in all aspects of school life, not solely the academic areas. This was highly successful because it was driven by an individual who truly believed in this ethos and reminded us how to handle the emotional and practical challenges ever present in the 21st century.

Pam Gale – Art Teacher and Head of House, Beaconsfield High School