Mindfulness for NQTs: Resilience

by Alison Laycock


Resilience is key for everyone and building emotional resilience can be encouraged and supported throughout the whole school community with teachers modelling what this looks like and how they practice it. All the posts so far have led to this post in that they have been encouraging the building or consolidating resilience and the posts which follow can also be used to increase your resilience levels. When you know how resilient you are and are confident that you can model it to others then it is also important to build this into how we educate our students.


It’s time to make this a little reflective so here are a few questions for you:

  • How resilient do you think you are?

  • What makes you resilient?

  • Are you more resilient in certain situations or with certain people/ items around you?

  • Who do you know in your life, persona and professional who is more resilient than you?

  • What do they do that makes them seem resilient?

  • Are you more resilient physically, psychologically or emotionally?

  • How is your health?

  • Can you integrate habits now during August to help you be more resilient through your first half term? Then reassess what you need?

Resilience isn’t about hiding your emotions or feelings or believing that it is a weakness to not be resilient. Often we simply need to build ourselves up again so that we can bounce back quickly from any adversity we come across. Some will naturally impact us more than others. It is therefore important to acknowledge that taking time for you is important and also it is essential for you to acknowledge all your strengths and skills.


How can you help students be more resilient? Is there a set way or will you help students in individual ways?


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 info@beingthebestyoucanbe.orgI also deliver a workshop on a Saturday morning 10-12pm on ‘Creating a Resilience plan’ on a 4 week rotation and this can be booked through http://www.beingthebestyoucanbe.org and only costs £20.


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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 http://www.beingthebestyoucanbe.org


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