Both courses are informed by Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), designed specifically for school staff and pupils.
.b Foundations taster and training sessions are suitable for staff at primary, secondary and sixth form. Mindfulness has been shown to help reduce stress and improve wellbeing, performance and health for teachers. Elinor encourages a whole school approach and is happy to support schools implement and sustain mindfulness training and practice. Separate courses can be offered to parents.
paws .b (pause, breathe and be) is designed to fit into the PSHE curriculum. It can be taught in the classroom or to smaller groups. Elinor offers the 12-session course for years 4-6.
Children taught by Elinor have reported that the paws .b course helped them with: managing emotions, focus, attention, self-esteem and relationships with friends and family. Children used the skills outside the classroom, to calm themselves when they felt anxious, angry and sad. They also noticed increased happiness and the ability to relax. See the children’s feedback for their experience in their own words and pictures.
With the growing pressures on children and mental illness occuring at younger and younger ages, paws .b offers a toolkit of life skills that children can use to support them through school and beyond.