The Online Mindfulness Course is a wellbeing programme designed for teachers. The 4-week self-study course gives teachers the skills and techniques to better manage their own stress and anxiety and improve resilience, thus helping improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.
The Online Mindfulness Course for teachers has been created as a one-year subscription, allowing all teachers in your school to access the materials and study at a pace that suits them.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of training the mind to enhance awareness of our thoughts, feelings and sensations. It can help by increasing attention span, concentration, and emotional resilience throughout periods of uncertainty such as COVID-19, when it’s common for stress and anxiety to build up.
The regular practice of mindfulness helps to strengthen an awareness of our thoughts and feelings and enhance our ability to cope during challenging times. Studies suggest mindfulness helps train the brain in two main ways:
Calming the activity in the part of our brain which is responsible for difficult or strong emotions such as stress, anxiety or worry (called the limbic system)
- Calming the activity in the part of our brain which manages difficult or strong emotions such as stress, anxiety or worry (called the limbic system).
- Increasing the connectivity in the front of our brains (called the prefrontal cortex). This is the part of the brain associated with memory, the ability to solve problems and managing distractions.
Why it works?
There can be many causes of stress for those who work in education – a challenging student, anxiety and depression, personal worries and more. That’s why it's important for teachers to support their own mental health and wellbeing in order to support their students.
The Online Mindfulness Course will give teachers the basics of mindfulness in an online, easy-to-access and affordable way.
This course has been adapted by Pearson’s Mindfulness Lead, Ashley Lodge, from a course he ran in-person at the Italian Ministry for Education at the end of 2019. A psychological study was run on the Mindfulness Course showing its effectiveness: participants reported an average drop in anxiety of 30%, an average drop in stress of 17.5%, and an average increase in attention of 10% over the four-week period. These statistics are based on a comparison of scores from industry-standard psychological questionnaires taken before and after the course.