Every year colleagues from the Manchester Catholic Education Partnership (MANCEP) meet in curriculum groups for training and networking. This year the Health and Social Care Department at Loreto Sixth Form College invited Health and Social Care teachers from Xaverian Sixth Form College to attend a Mindfulness Training event at their college campus in Hulme, Manchester.
We had a full morning so could pack quite a lot in, including theory as well as practice. There was a mixture of prior experience from the attendees; some having had no experience and others had practised mindfulness themselves and used it a little with their own pupils in the classroom.
We began by briefly introducing what mindfulness is and where it originates from. We then looked at some of the research evidence of how meditating can change the brain so that we are able to pause and react in an informed chosen way, rather than on impulse.
The feedback from the attendees was outstanding with some saying, “It was the best training they had received”.