MindUP is a CASEL SELect ProgrammeMindUP is a CASEL SELect Programme


Mindful cultures through which children, staff and families can flourish

A unique evidence-based framework enhancing wellbeing, resilience, student engagement and academic learning. MindUP provides knowledge and understanding of neuroscience, mindful awareness, positive psychology and daily practices to affect positive change both within the classroom and beyond, including MindUP at home.

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Simple to implement and evidence-based, MindUP is built upon four pillars to promote positive mental health and wellbeing

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    The field of neuroscience seeks to understand the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. In MindUP, students learn about the prefrontal cortex, amygdala and the hippocampus, the concept of neuroplasticity and how their brain regulates emotions.

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    Positive Psychology

    Positive psychology is the study of the strengths that contribute to individual and community thriving and well-being. MindUP infuses evidence-based strategies from the field of positive psychology to help students thrive, and bolster their well-being.

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    Mindful Awareness

    Mindful awareness – Mindfulness – is an intentional non-judgmental awareness of the present moment, and has been linked with multiple indicators of well-being. Mindfulness can be fostered via practice. In MindUP, students learn and practice mindful awareness to develop focused attention, emotional balance, and well-being.

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    Social-Emotional Learning

    Social emotional learning (SEL) refers to how individual acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors needed to develop the skills for self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. MindUP offers students explicit SEL instruction and opportunities to practice developing SEL skills through active learning

Evidence indicates MindUP's positive impact on a range of measures:

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    Children report being able to boost their well-being by using MindUP.

  • 88%

    Children who, after learning MindUP, use it at home.

  • 83%

    Children indicate improvements in pro-social behaviours.

Maloney, J. E., Lawlor, M. S., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Whitehead, J. (2016). A mindfulness-based social and emotional learning curriculum for school-aged children: The MindUP program. In K. A. Schonert-Reichl & R. W. Roeser (Eds.), Mindfulness in education: Integrating theory and research into practice (pp. 313 – 334). New York, NY: Springer.

A highly acclaimed evidenced based programme that teaches children the critical knowledge and skills they need to strengthen their mental health and emotional wellbeing through increased self-awareness, self-regulation and social and emotional competencies

Our research

“MindUP reinforces the enjoyment and impact of the experience of learning.”

Dr Daniel J. Siegel, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine UCLA and the Founding Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Centre
  • I would have no hesitation in recommending MindUP to other headteachers, the training and resources provided by the Hawn Foundation is excellent.

    Head Teacher
    Little Ealing Primary School

  • In the Nursery our youngest children engage with mindful breathing with Ofsted commenting that: children are 'mindful' of their own thoughts and actions. This has helped to greatly improve children's behaviour and concentration.

    Head Teacher
    West Rise Infant School
    East Sussex