Smiling Mind education program
NSW Department of Education and the Buildcorp Foundation have jointly funded the provision of mindfulness training to more than 400 public primary schools since August 2019.
“A great tool for the wellbeing of our students and our teachers”
Mindfulness is a well-established and researched technique for achieving calmness and improved wellbeing. Clinical research shows that mindfulness leads to reduced stress, anxiety and depression, improved academic skills, social skills and self-esteem by developing emotion and behaviour regulation skills, improved attention and concentration.
"We are resourcing children to feel stronger in themselves, more independent generally and in their learning".
Smiling Mind School Program
Schools from across NSW are using the mindfulness techniques and lessons from the Smiling Mind Schools Program thanks to an online training model.
The Smiling Mind School Program is NESA-accredited, and NSW public schools accessed this training for free thanks to the joint funding arrangement.
“We are learning the tools to create the space between stimulus and response ... this is powerful”.
School 'champions' receive intensive detailed training over several weeks - called Mindful Champions.
Once a school’s Mindful Champions were trained, all school staff then recived a general induction that highlighted the benefits mindfulness offers students, and ensure all teachers and staff know how to implement the program across the school.
“We ask children to pay attention but don’t teach them how, this course shows teachers how to teach children how to pay attention”.
Resources. Each school received Smiling Mind’s resources for teachers and families. These included a full set of the Mindfulness Curriculum, plus Student Journals for Years 1-6.
Learning modules: All teachers received access to three hours of Smiling Mind’s self-paced learning modules and interactive Q&A sessions.
Smiling Mind is available to take all questions and enquiries on the program and registrations via email on firstname.lastname@example.org