Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The Telegraph - Seldon: put 'stillness' sessions on the school timetable

The Telegraph online posted an article on 4th march 2014 in the Home»Education»Education News section titled: Seldon: put 'stillness' sessions on the school timetable.

Here are some key quotes:
"All schools should introduce a daily “stillness” session to give pupils time for reflection away from the frantic pressures of modern life, according to a leading headmaster.
Children should be required to keep quiet for around two minutes each day to give them respite from social media and school work, said Anthony Seldon.
Wellington College has introduced a “mindfulness” programme for pupils and staff that involve two-minute “stillness” periods each day – a time for silent reflection.

Pupils aged 13-to-15 also have a weekly 15-minute stillness session led by their teacher.

Dr Seldon, who has previously pioneered initiatives such as happiness and wellbeing lessons to improve children’s mental health, said: “Mindfulness or meditation has been shown to be an invaluable tool to help bolster young people’s resilience to psychological stress.

“It also boosts concentration, depth of thought, happiness and achievement.

“It is the most simple and natural technique to learn – indeed it is not really a technique at all.

“It is all about being yourself, making the most of yourself, and making the most of the opportunities that life presents to you. It promotes trusting relationships, healthy living and psychological and emotional security.”

The conference on school “mindfulness” takes places at Loughborough University on March 12."

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