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Mindfulness for NQTs: Pay attention to your words

by Alison Laycock

Whether this is in terms of talking to yourself (we all do that) or talking to others about yourself or others, then pay attention to your words. It is far too easy to be caught out by being negative or dismissive of yourself and others without actually wanting to. In teaching, this is especially easy to do and if you spend a lot of time in the staff room, then this will absolutely be happening.

Don’t get caught out. Stand strong and pay attention to those words. When talking about yourself, use your self-awareness and other strategies we have discussed so far and simply be realistic about your lessons and your day. If you drop into being negative then this can linger and also don’t put yourself down to yourself or to others.

This is important with students too. Pay attention to the words you use with them as even if we say something quickly without actually meaning it, those words can land and soak into the student and they can hurt. Surely, we want to build students up as much as we can to believe themselves to be worthy, enough and talented in whatever way they wish to see that.

Every day throughout August, these tips will be shared across social media so I’m including my links here. Throughout August, I’m offering meditation/ mindfulness sessions for NQTS/teachers and school staff on 4th, 11th, 18th and 20th August at 7-7.45pm via ZOOM. If interested, please email Alison at

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I’m also offering 25% off all courses for NQTs who wish to develop their mindfulness and compassion skills and resources more. The courses on offer are the 8 week MBSR programme with sessions lasting 120 mins and there are also 6 week Mindfulness and Compassion courses which last 60 mins each session. If you prefer workshops rather than courses then these are also available and can be checked out and booked via

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