Children: Mental Health

Education written question – answered on 28th November 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness in schools to reduce stress and absenteeism;

(2) what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness in schools to improve attention spans of children;

(3) what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness in schools in developing lifelong healthy mental health habits;

(4) what assessment he has made of the use of mindfulness in schools in (a) improving behaviour and (b) increasing educational attainment.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department for Education has not conducted any assessment of the use of mindfulness in schools. Individual head teachers can decide whether they wish to adopt approaches relating to mindfulness.

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