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3. Enhancing School Capacity
Staffing


One of the most important components of a school’s capacity to implement mindfulness is ensuring the school staff ready for and supportive of the school’s approach.  This requires schools to assess the entire school’s staff (teaching and non-teaching) readiness to embrace an approach to mindfulness and addressing any potential barriers staff may have to the role of mindfulness in schools.


Strategies for Action

  • Work with the school staff to promote a belief that mindfulness is an important tool to use in schools. This can be achieved through whole-staff training, providing reading materials and resources and any other activities that will help demonstrate to staff that mindfulness has an important role in schools; and
  • Promote the ‘champion’ or champions within the school that staff can talk with one-on-one to discuss how mindfulness in schools works and to overcome any concerns or fears about the approach that they may have.
  • The school’s champion for mindfulness provides abbreviated training for new staff when they arrive
  • Implement teacher training and make resources actively available for staff

 

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    New staff training

    How it works

    New staff are provided with the necessary support to implement the school’s approach to mindfulness

    Instructions

    The school's champion for mindfulness provides abbreviated training for new staff when they arrive

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    Mindfulness in the Classroom

    How it works

    Teaching and non-teaching staff have sufficient training to implement mindfulness in their classroom

    Instructions

    (Regular training for teaching and non teaching staff)

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    School Psychologist or Counsellor Involvement

    How it works

    The school has adequate access to a school psychologist or counselor to support the approach to mindfulness

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    Staff knowledge of mindfulness

    How it works

    Staff at this school have the necessary knowledge to implement mindfulness in their classroom

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