Our X-HAIL Kids sessions make relaxation, meditation and mindfulness easy, fun and enjoyable for children aged 4-11.
Each class includes our ground-breaking signature X-HAIL techniques and unique meditation method which was devised by an ex-teacher to boost children’s resilience, confidence, and attention span; encourage a growth mind set and mindfulness and support their emotional health and wellbeing for life.
“Children need their inner world to be quiet and calm often enough to hear themselves. That quiet need not be silent or still; we make sure it is magical, fun and inviting for them, but just imagine the world we could crate if every child grew up knowing exactly who they were from the age of 4” Charlotte Collins X-HAIL Founder
Title- why meditation and mindfulness in schools matters
Impact on Inspection:
Following the increasing focus on promoting the emotional wellbeing of learners, as seen in the Ofsted Inspection Framework 2019 and in Statutory Guidance for Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education (February 2019), there has never been a better time to build meditation and mindfulness into your curriculum, in order to not just meet, but exceed these new expectations.
The following extracts from the Department for Education’s Statutory Guidance for Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education (February 2019), are those expectations that X-HAIL KIDS programmes are specifically aimed at achieving:
Pupils should know:
that there is a normal range of emotions (e.g. happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, nervousness) and scale of emotions that all humans experience in relation to different experiences and situations.
how to recognise and talk about their emotions, including having a varied vocabulary of words to use when talking about their own and others’ feelings.
how to judge whether what they are feeling and how they are behaving is appropriate and proportionate.
simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest
X-HAIL KIDS programmes have been designed to support the attainment or maintenance of the grading of OUTSTANDING from OFSTED as this extract from the inspection framework demonstrates:
Outstanding Schools: The curriculum and schools wider work supports pupils to develop resilience, confidence and independence and lead a healthy and active lifestyle, helping them to know how to keep physically and mentally healthy.
Impact on attainment and achievement:
What educators see in their children following implementation of meditation and mindfulness practices
83% improved focus
79% improved engagement
89% better emotional regulation
Impact on Mental Health and Wellbeing:
10% of Children and Young People aged 5-16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem
70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate intervention at a sufficiently early age
(Reference: Mental Health Foundation)
At X-HAIL, we believe that implementing meditation and mindfulness in your school could help improve these figures.
Benefits of X-HAIL classes:
Increased cognitive performance = ability to pay attention and focus / make decisions/ respond flexibly
Positive development of executive functioning skills
Reduction in stress and anxiety
Reduction in sense of tasks and time pressure
Better mental health: less distress/ less negative emotion/ less anxiety/ less depression
Greater wellbeing: improved self-confidence/ improved self-efficacy/ improved self-compassion.
All of which contribute to attainment and achievement
(Reference- Mindfulness in Schools Project)
Benefits of X-HAIL meditation and mindfulness inset training days and wellbeing retreat days for teachers
Positive impact on health
Positive impact on attendance
Significant reduction in teachers stress levels
(Reference- Manus et all 2001 )
Enhanced job performance
Improved classroom management
Improved ability to prioritise
Greater attunement to pupils needs
(Reference – Mindfulness in schools project )
77% more satisfied with their jobs
80% deliver the curriculum with more ease
82 % connect better with students