Latest News: The BBC Video of this Debate can be seen on the following page along with the link to the full speech from the Westminster Hall Debate: Mindfulness in Education
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On 5th October 2013 The Mindfulness Foundation met with Edward Davey MP and requested a breakdown of government Mindfulness expenditure for the following four areas over the last budget period:
Department for Education
On 18th May The Mindfulness Foundation and Oliver Bowers met Edward Davey MP to discuss the steps required to get 'Mindfulness in Schools' onto the political agenda. One requirement is scientific validation of the value of Mindfulness in Schools.
On the 21 June 2013 The Times wrote about the results of the study led by Professor Willem Kuyken of the University of Exeter in association with researchers at Oxford and Cambridge.
A list of 'Mindfulness in Schools' Media Article links can be found here on the Media and Research Resource page on the Mindfulness in Schools Campaign website.
On 27th June 2013 we wrote to Edward Davey MP with the details of the above study reported in The Times and asked what the next step should be. We also included an invitation for Edward Davey MP to visit the 'Kingston and New Malden Mindfulness Meeting' any Thursday at 18:30.
· Mindfulness for young people is easy to carry out, fits into a wide range of contexts, is enjoyed by both students and teachers, and does no harm.
· Well conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people who take part. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep and self-esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, the ability to manage behaviour and emotions, self-awareness and empathy.
· Mindfulness can contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills and executive function. It can help young people pay greater attention, be more focused, think in more innovative ways, use existing knowledge more effectively, improve working memory, and enhance planning, problem solving, and reasoning skills.
by Katherine Weare, Emeritus Professor,
Universities of Exeter and Southampton.
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Pupils at 12 secondary schools were taught “mindfulness”, a psychological technique to reduce stress, in the study led by Professor Willem Kuyken of the University of Exeter in association with researchers at Oxford and Cambridge and the Mindfulness in Schools Project.