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‘It’s widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood…and the Department of Education (DfE) recognises that “in order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”…’ 

Links with Ofsted inspection framework:

The quality of teaching in the school is a key Ofsted judgement area  The inspection criteria states that the roles of teaching is to promote learning and the acquisition of knowledge by pupils and to raise achievement but also to promote the pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance recommends that primary educators:

Include a curriculum that integrates the development of social and emotional skills within all subject areas (these skill include problem-solving, coping, conflict management/resolution and understanding and managing feelings)

(The above information has been taken from Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, resource commissioned by PHE-Crown Cpyright 2015)

For more information on studies carried out which show some of the positive effects of Mindfulness in children and young adults, please refer to the research summary done by MiSP and Professor Katherine Weare in the PDF attached here.

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