Tracey Cramond

Mindfulness Trainer & Yoga Teacher

.b Foundations Training in Schools & Colleges

.b Foundations © is an 8-week training adapted specifically for teachers and staff who wish to learn the foundations of mindfulness. Since being devised by the Mindfulness in Schools Project in 2012, the .b Foundations curriculum has been trialled and developed and proven effective in schools across the UK and abroad.

Teachers and staff are under increasing pressure in the classrooms. In dealing with the stresses and emotional strains of day to day work the qualities of empathy and compassion often get lost in the classroom. The important relationship between the teacher and student suffers. By deliberately practicing mindfulness techniques that cultivate kindness toward ourselves and others, the teacher learns skills to respond to rather than react from deep habitual patterns. A response that strengthens rather than hinders the teacher-student relationship.

One-off taster session for staff & teachers
This introduces the basic principles behind mindfulness, dispelling any myths about it and offering a chance to try out the practice. It also sets out the proven benefits of engaging with mindfulness, along with the proviso that commitment and patience are required..b Foundations

These .b programs are delivered in schools to optimise staff access and can be held at any suitable time.

Eight Week Mindfulness Sessions
If a group of staff wish to explore mindfulness further, I offer the eight session .b Foundations training.Trained-To-Teach-dot-B-Foundations

The .b training is based on the core mindfulness principles found within the course book Mindfulness, Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Prof. Mark Williams and Danny Penman. It also comprises the dynamic pedagogy of the .b for schools curriculum.

The .b training is designed with staff in mind, and the particular challenges they may be familiar with working in educational settings. It offers an alternative to traditional Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses, with shorter sessions and home practice designed to be accessible for busy educational staff.

Benefits

By the end of the course, participants should be able to use mindfulness to:

  • feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
  • get on better with others, including students and colleagues
  • work more effectively by bringing increased awareness to the process
  • increase resilience in the face of stress and difficulties