When the Unicef’s Report Card 7 was released back in 2007, the UK was revealed to be 29th out of 29 countries when it came to childhood well-being. Since this report was carried out we have risen to 16th place; however, according to the Association for Young People’s Health there are still one in 10 children (aged five to 16) suffering from some sort of mental health disorder.
The conclusions many experts have drawn from this is that something needs to change. For some time now, the term mindfulness has been cropping up in the media, and now it is being considered in schools.
A US based study in 2011 revealed that a school mindfulness programme led to a 11% improvement in achievement, a 25% improvement in both social and emotional skills and an impressive 10% reduction in classroom misbehaviour after just two years.
In line with this idea a special needs school in Glasgow introduced yoga to help students with conditions like ADHD and Down’s syndrome and a sixth form in…