Frequently Asked Questions

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Teachers

To participate in this project teachers must normally:

  • Be a fully qualified teacher according to the regulatory framework of the country working in. (Examples are: Qualified teacher status (QTS), 2 years classroom teaching experience, have completed the national induction programme or probation period)

  • Have a permanent contract with the school, or likely to be in the same school for next 3 years

  • Be happy to take on the commitment of teaching mindfulness in school

  • Be available to attend an 8 week personal mindfulness course consisting of a 2 hour class each week together with a ‘silent day’ which is usually on a Saturday and then attend a further course to be trained in the mindfulness programme (4 full days optionally residential) in the current school year

  • Be willing to complete measures for the project

Unfortunately, in this project teachers cannot:

  • Be a newly qualified teacher (e.g. NQT)

  • Have already completed an eight week face to face mindfulness course or the ‘.b’ training provided by Mindfulness in Schools Project

  • Be currently identified as unsatisfactory in their performance management cycle

 

For full details, please refer to the teacher information sheet here.

If you are still interested in participating in this study and meet the eligibility criteria, please click on this link to pass on your details so that we can contact you about the next steps.

If your school is allocated to the mindfulness condition, the mindfulness class will be arranged at your school for all participating teachers. For schools recruited in 2017, classes will run between February and June 2018.

This 4 day training will be organised across a number of regional locations. This will usually be residential. For schools recruited in 2017, these courses will run in from 26th-29th June, 3rd-6th July and 10th-13th July 2018.

All schools are randomly allocated using a computer programme to continue either with ‘teaching as usual’, or to provide the mindfulness programme alongside their current teaching.

These make up the two groups in the project: ‘Teaching as usual’ and the mindfulness programme groups.

Schools will have an equal chance of being allocated to either group: this is done independently of the project team and cannot be influenced by the preference of the school.

Mindfulness training for teachers consists of two phases and will be provided free of charge. We will also provide financial support for related travel and subsistence costs, and will reimburse schools for the costs of essential supply teacher cover.

Please email myriad@psych.ox.ac.uk with website issue in the subject line of the email. The team will try to get back to you as quickly as they can.

We are inviting mainstream secondary schools in the UK to apply to take part. We are looking for a range of schools that are representative of schools in the UK, although unfortunately schools without a substantive Headteacher or with a current inspection rating at the lowest level, e.g. unsatisfactory or inadequate are ineligible to participate. In this instance, special education schools also don’t fall within the scope of the project.

We will recruit schools that have the following:

  • Regular discrete, named teaching time for PSHE or SEL

  • A designated PSHE or SEL lead

  • A named member of SLT has responsibility for supporting PSHE or SEL

  • Documentation denoting clear strategic planning of PSHE within the school

In addition (but not essential) we would be interested to include any schools whose pupil progress in PSHE or SEL is evaluated.

If you are still interested and meet the eligibility criteria, please click on this link to pass on your details so that we can contact you about the next steps.

We are looking for schools who are not already using mindfulness techniques in their school, therefore if your school has already introduced a mindfulness programme, you will not be able to take part. If, however, someone in the school has attended a mindfulness taster session, this would not count as a full mindfulness programme.

 

Headteachers

All schools are randomly allocated using a computer programme to continue either with ‘teaching as usual’, or to provide the mindfulness programme alongside their current teaching.

These make up the two groups in the project: ‘Teaching as usual’ and the mindfulness programme groups.

Schools will have an equal chance of being allocated to either group: this is done independently of the project team and cannot be influenced by the preference of the school.

Mindfulness training for teachers consists of two phases and will be provided free of charge. We will also provide financial support for related travel and subsistence costs, and will reimburse schools for the costs of essential supply teacher cover.

Please email myriad@psych.ox.ac.uk with website issue in the subject line of the email. The team will try to get back to you as quickly as they can.

We are inviting mainstream secondary schools in the UK to apply to take part. We are looking for a range of schools that are representative of schools in the UK, although unfortunately schools without a substantive Headteacher or with a current inspection rating at the lowest level, e.g. unsatisfactory or inadequate are ineligible to participate. In this instance, special education schools also don’t fall within the scope of the project.

We will recruit schools that have the following:

  • Regular discrete, named teaching time for PSHE or SEL

  • A designated PSHE or SEL lead

  • A named member of SLT has responsibility for supporting PSHE or SEL

  • Documentation denoting clear strategic planning of PSHE within the school

In addition (but not essential) we would be interested to include any schools whose pupil progress in PSHE or SEL is evaluated.

If you are still interested and meet the eligibility criteria, please click on this link to pass on your details so that we can contact you about the next steps.

We are looking for schools who are not already using mindfulness techniques in their school, therefore if your school has already introduced a mindfulness programme, you will not be able to take part. If, however, someone in the school has attended a mindfulness taster session, this would not count as a full mindfulness programme.

All participating schools will need to identify a group of ideally around 10 but at least 5 teachers who would be willing to complete questionnaires for the duration of the project.

 

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