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Mindfulness for NQTs: Visualise

by Alison Laycock

Now we have reached the end of the posts towards Mindfulness for NQTs and tomorrow’s post will be a review with all the links together in one post. If you haven’t read them all so far then tomorrow’s post will provide you with one place to access them all.

The one I believe brings all the preceding ones together as you now have the opportunity to visualise what you want to happen and how you wish to be as a teacher and a person. How will you interact with yourself, your students, your colleagues and your family and friends?

How will you look after yourself and ensure you can still have energy left at the end of the day? What and who will support you? How will you make your classroom a mindful environment for you and your students?

There is lots more you can visualise so I’ve only included a few of the options above to get you started and to give you an idea of what this can look like. Some people like to visualise through writing their thoughts down, some like to draw whilst others like to do it through meditation and some will prefer to talk it through with others. Whichever is your preferred way then great go for it as any will work as visualisation in any form will allow yourself time to focus on you and your performance.

Visualisation can be done once and for some that will work for so long, whilst others may prefer to do it every morning or even throughout the day if you require different approaches for different students.

Have fun with it and play with your techniques if you wish to as you don’t need to visualise in the same way all the time.

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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