Over the past twenty five years I have developed a model of how to teach yoga to children in Primary, and Special Schools as part of the PE/PSHE curriculum. The model can be used by class teachers and teaching assistants with no previous experience of yoga. The structures, activities and postures are easy to learn and are safe to teach. The model is suitable for children from Early Years through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in Primary and SEN, and Key Stage 3 & 4 students in Special Schools
My methods have easily translated to Zoom Insets, are great fun and staff get the point quickly and clearly.
Besides it's a better Carbon Footprint and is something that we have become more at home with as a result of the Pandemic.
Sessions can be arranged as ‘twilight’ insets or other convenient times during school day.
Here are some examples:
Primary School in Staffordshire completed the course over 4 x 60 minute sessions
West London Special School that specialises in children with Autism needed 3 x 60 minute sessions
Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in the Worcester needed 2 x 60 minute sessions.
Remote Training ANYWHERE in the World
I am happy to train any school anywhere in the world. The sessions would be in English, and we would arrange mutually agreeable times. Anywhere means:
My methods easily transcend language and cultural barriers, and are easily adapted to suit different education backgrounds. Plus I am happy to work with a translator at your end.
Advantages of remote training in your school
- More staff can be trained at a lower cost per head
- You can choose most convenient time to have it . E.g Twilight Sessions
- There is no time away from school for any staff (or reporting back)
- No travel or hotel costs
- Staff can use the model immediately
- Pupils who do not normally enjoy physical activity will be fully engaged
- Class teachers quickly feel confident and will be inspired to teach this programme
- Easy to include several sites
Training is practical, hands on with full staff involvement and is geared to staff who may have little or no yoga knowledge. Staff will be shown how to:
• Structure lessons
• Engage children
• Deliver postures and activities safely
• Use calming & relaxation techniques in the lessons
• Incorporate sensory strategies
• Organise resources
Staff will also be shown how improve to improve:
• Speaking & Listening Skills
• Social Skills & Self Concept
Scheme of Work
Following the day I will support over the phone and by email. You will be given a Scheme of Work
, which will include Lesson Plans
for each year group for the entire academic year, or in the case of special needs school for each class or ability group, again for the entire academic year.
The pack also includes activity and posture cards, all of which will allow you to introduce yoga immediately.
Yoga for children with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome & Sensory Processing Disorders
I can walk into any situation where there are pupils with Autism - Mainstream or SEN - knowing that I will engage with 93% of the pupils in the yoga lesson. I can do this because I have a system that works - 93% of the time.
The system, which I have developed over many years, is not only highly effective with children on the Autism Spectrum, but also with children who have a wide range of related needs including ADHD, sensory disorders and behavioural problems.
Feedback from Schools about Remote Training
I get some great feedback from schools where I deliver training whether in person or remotely.
In every single case day expectations are exceeded and teaching staff are inspired to roll out yoga on the weekly timetable.
Scroll down for feedback from Julie Wynne, Deputy Head of Beacon PRU in Worcestershire. Worth a read .