Ysgol Dewi Sant is currently the only secondary school in the UK delivering the Hawn Foundation’s Secondary ‘MindUP’ Programme, the aim of which is to ‘foster social and emotional awareness, enhance psychological well-being, and promote academic success’.
The MindUP classroom is an optimistic classroom that promotes and develops mindful attention to oneself and others, tolerance of differences and the capacity of each member of the community to grow as a human being and a learner. Students learn about the brain and how is functions, gaining an insight in to their own minds and behaviours, as well as those of the people around them.
Central to the aim of The Hawn Foundation is the key question of whether our rich, material world translates into happiness, contentment and optimism. The issue is whether we take sufficient account of our children’s mental health and wellbeing, whilst we continually focus on academic excellence. The programme in practice, which is delivered at Ysgol Dewi Sant to every Year 7 pupil, together with the .b Mindfulness in Schools programme which is following by pupils in Years 10 and 11. These initiatives have undoubtedly impacted on the positive ethos of the school and have contributed to improved outcomes.
MindUP Evaluation July 2016
Mindfulness and Wellbeing Programme at YDS
Mindfulness .b Evaluation 2015-16