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Mindfulness for NQTs: Reset

by Alison Laycock

This one has been covered slightly within the other posts so far and will no doubt appear in other posts during the month. I make no excuses or apologies for that repetition as reset is key and needs to be repeated in action as much as is needed. It does deserve its own post.

A reset can be something as simple as taking a moment to focus on your breath and reset in that moment at various times where you take the space to separate out 2 moments or situations. A longer reset can be when you go through the door to your classroom and from 2 classes or different subjects or from a lesson to a break and then back. In that moment you can take time to focus on your breath, say a word or sentence to allow the longer reset and to focus on something in particular.

You can also choose to reset during an evening or weekend by making sure you do something you enjoy and which gives you energy or allows you to relax for whatever you need at that point. No matter how much preparation or marking you have to do, taking time to reset will be more beneficial then just focussing on your work all evening or for the majority of the weekend. Doing a task or sitting there doing nothing gives you a break to come back fresher and perhaps more creative or simply ready to look at things differently.

You can also lead the students in this so that they can also have breaks during the day to allow them to reset between lessons/ subjects and as they move around the school. It will help them take moments to consider their work and deal with any emotions, thoughts and feelings that arise. This is important for most times and especially as students return after the pandemic.

So take time to reset. If reading these posts in August when they are published, you may wish to take time now to work how which parts of your life you’ll maintain once you start your NQT year and build in treats/ reset times for the first half term. Having something to look forward to can be a good reset in itself as you bring your mind into a positive vibration.

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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