In Schools

Helping children and teenagers reach their full potential

Mindset Coaching and Mindfulness for schools in Gloucestershire.

Do you represent or work in a school in Gloucester, Cheltenham or the Cotswolds? Would your pupils benefit from a high self esteem and increased confidence.

Using my professional psychological background I give pupils strategies and techniques they can use immediately to make positive changes and build a strong internal support system for themselves.

My work can take the form of working with a school sports team, a particular year/form group or individual children. Naturally working with the teachers is the most beneficial way to introduce this throughout the school. This coaching can be undertaken after/during school hours either 1:1 or in a group of teachers/head teacher(s).

Effects of stress and anxiety in schools

  • Low attendance rates
  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Poor grades
  • Low self esteem
  • Bullying
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Lack of confidence
  • Learned helplessness
  • Exam nerves
  • School phobia

Why is this intervention so important

When a person has low self esteem they tend not to process any of the positive things about themselves, instead focussing on the negative.  Although the person has experiences that they are a worthwhile and likeable person, because they tend to dismiss this evidence, these events don’t appear real to them. This unhelpful or fixed mindset way of thinking can very quickly take hold and get out of control.  When a person is managing their thinking they can affect any negative thoughts, maintain a high self esteem, keep perspective and maintain control. They can affect how they feel in any situation whether that’s a playground event or an exam situation.

Starting Secondary School

New situations can cause much anxiety for children. Leaving a small primary school and entering a large secondary, learning to mix with new people with varying morals and backgrounds can be confusing and lead to stress, worry and anxiety.

Situations where children have been top achievers in their primary school but suddenly find themselves struggling to stay at the top, can lead to feelings of failure, not being good enough, low self esteem, depression and anxiety.

Take this common scenario – A child gains their long sought after place in their chosen grammar school. Imagine how they are feeling, enjoying celebrations with their family and friends. Yet all too often, within weeks, realise they are no longer ‘top dog’ and have to work extremely hard to maintain their ‘place in the world’. Now imagine the effect this has on their sense of self worth, self esteem and confidence. Combine this with all the other new experiences such as puberty, peer pressure, meeting new people, making their place in a group, finding their way around a big school, and all the emotions that go with the above. By addressing these issues the children will not only feel good about themselves but this will reflect in the classroom, their work and their grades.

Feel free to call me anytime on 07765 182127 to see how your pupils, your teachers and your school can benefit or email any questions that you may have to me at Claire@ClaireMcGrath.co.uk.

Claire