In March 2021, the Mindfulness Initiative launched Implementing Mindfulness in Schools: An Evidence-Based GuideThis publication is a comprehensive guide written by Mindfulness Initiative education policy co-leads Professor Katherine Weare and Adrian Bethune after extensive consultation with an expert steering group.

Read below some of the feedback and endorsements that the document has received:


  • Deep bow of appreciation to the entire team for the incredible (also elegant and balanced) work of the Mindfulness Initiative.

- Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn


  • The Guide is a real work of art and massive accomplishment. I will be sharing it whenever I can.

- David Rycroft, Director of Mind with Heart


  • An incredibly useful piece of work - as you would expect from the team at The Mindfulness Initiative. It is authoritative, clear, comprehensive and really practical. It will guide the development of mindfulness in education for years to come.

- Professor GuyClaxton, University of Bristol, King's College London, University of Winchester


  • The Guide makes a significant contribution to understanding and evaluating this fast-growing area of education. Beautifully researched and written, it offers a deep consideration of mindfulness in education and poses astute questions for the continuing evolution of the field. A fantastic resource.

- Dr Orlaith O'Sullivan, Founder of Happy Minds, Loving Hearts, International Coordinator for Wake Up Schools


  • This is a profoundly helpful and timely guide which will be of great benefit to children and young people.

- Catherine Paine, Deputy Chief Executive Reach2 Academy Trust


  • One of the greatest challenges of humanity is for us to understand our own minds. So much suffering to self and others is caused partly by lack of insight into what drives us. This wonderful initiative to bring the wisdom of mindfulness to our children could not come too soon.

- Professor Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE


  • This excellent guide, in plain English, reassures, encourages and inspires educators to give the gift of mindfulness to their students in sustained and effective ways, sharing this human to human. This is what true education is about.

- Jan Lever MBE, CEO Jigsaw Education Group


  • A comprehensive, accessible and inspiring ‘must read’ guide for all schools on a mindfulness journey.

- Amanda Bailey - Executive Director, Finance and Operations Star Academies


  • The case for mindfulness in schools is well and truly made in this comprehensive Guide, with all the information schools need to implement it effectively.  Katherine and Adrian have made a very significant contribution to the potential wellbeing of learners.

- Elizabeth Williams, Lead Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project, co-leads the Education strand of a cross sector living strategy for mindfulness in partnership with Welsh Government


  • This guide has something for everyone interested in mindfulness in schools. It is comprehensive yet accessible, grounded in research yet loaded with practical tips.

- Deborah Schussler, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Educational Leadership Pennsylvania State University


  • Mindfulness is the foundation for wellbeing and should be a priority in all our schools. This excellent guide provides the evidence and ideas to make it happen.

- Dr Mark Williamson, CEO of Action for Happiness


  • If you want to know why and how to implement mindfulness in schools, this comprehensive guide will answer all your questions. The evidences speak for themselves.

- Gábor Karsai, Managing Director of Mind & Life Europe


  • The Guide is a superb resource for anyone interested in implementing mindfulness in schools. Practical and evidence-based, we recommend this as an excellent place to start.

- Chivonne Preston, CEO, MiSP


  • This guide provides a comprehensive view of mindfulness and how schools can nurture mindfulness and compassion to create transformational change.

- Mark T. Greenberg, Emeritus Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Founding Director, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center Penn State Univ.


  • This guide offers an accessible, thorough place to learn (and revisit) about mindfulness in schools. It reflects beautifully the current understanding, evidence base and recommendations for introducing mindfulness into schools in the UK. It offers vital support for people just considering introducing mindfulness, those taking the early steps and those ready to go deeper with implementation. It is encouraging, clear and practical, with very useful summaries for busy people.

- Sarah Silverton, Director of The Present Courses CIC


  • This guide has something for everyone interested in mindfulness in schools. It is comprehensive yet accessible, grounded in research yet loaded with practical tips.

- Deborah Schussler, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Pennsylvania State University


- Dusana Dorjee, PhD (she/her), Programme Leader MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education, University of York


  • This is another excellent report from the Mindfulness Initiative. Implementing mindfulness in education is not straightforward and Katherine and Adrian summarise the challenges and opportunities with great skill and understanding.

- Richard Burnett, Founder of the Mindfulness in School Project


  • This practical, evidence-based guide is a must read for those interested in bringing mindfulness practices into their schools to support the creation of compassionate communities of learning for students and educators alike. I highly recommend it.

- Robert W. Roeser, PhD, Bennett Pierce Professor of Care and Compassion at Pennsylvania State University


You can get your copy of the guide via the links below:

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