THE FOUNDER OF MINDFUL BRAIN
Experience you can count on.
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A message from the founder, Katie Purdy:
“My experience of working with children in schools over the last thirteen years has shown me that children need to be in a ‘good place’ socially and emotional to learn best. I have also learnt that children learn best when they are empowered with the skills to take ownership and responsibility of their learning- whether in a social, emotional or academic context. I believe that children who have a love of learning and a desire to learn are more likely to thrive in their education. I recognise the importance of teaching children how to take responsibility for their own well being.
Bringing together my passion of teaching, self development, mindfulness meditation and yoga… Mindful Brain was born. A unique education service for children aged 2-16. A service which introduces children to ways to support their wellbeing and offers a mindful approach to the teaching of Maths*, English*. I have a mission to help children become the best version of themselves; creating a world of confident, happy children with a love of learning, great self-esteem, an ability to focus, connect well with others and make good choices. I believe these skills can support children academically, socially and emotionally, empowering them to live happy lives."
*Primary phase (ages 5-11) only.
OUTSTANDING PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER
With thirteen years of experience in education, Katie recognises the importance of mental health and well-being to support positive academic, emotional and social development. During her time as a teacher Katie also worked with adults; supporting trainee and experienced teachers to develop their teaching practice. Katie also has experience as a SENDco; working with children who have special educational needs or disabilities and their parents.
During Katie's time as a headteacher, she successfully lead the school in creating a positive learning culture and implemented mindset and mindfulness session in the school. She lead the school through a successful Ofsted and initiated great change within the school impacting on children's learning behaviours, academic outcomes and well being. Her positive and effective approach to supporting the mental health and well being of the pupils is commended upon.
SPECIALIST LEADER OF EDUCATION
As a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) in two authorises, Katie has supported many teachers and leaders to improve teaching and learning.
Katie has worked closely with the Institute of Education at Reading University; lecturing on their BA(Ed), PGCE and Schools Direct programmes. Her work includes teaching mindfulness through art, a mindful approach to behaviour management and how to be an outstanding practitoner in the primary classroom.
QUALIFIED MINDFULNESS TEACHER
Katie has been practising mindfulness & meditation for over five years. Originally finding the practice to support her own challenges with anxiety. Katie is passionate about supporting others. She is a qualified mindfulness teacher of the MiSP curriculum and a qualified Mindfulness Now teacher, accredited by the UK college of Mindfulness.
Katie has also completed training in:
Mindfulness with Teenagers and Young adults (Central England College- UK college of Mindfulness)
Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity approved by ‘Mind’ and ‘Sport England’ (1st 4 Sport Learning)
Maintaining a Mindful Life (Future learn – Monash University)
Mental Health Awareness – CPD certified (Vital Skills.co.uk- HSQE Ltd)
COVID 19 – Helping Young People manage low mood and depression (Future Learning – University of Reading)
Positive Psychology Diploma Course – accredited by CTAA (KEW Academy)
Katie is qualified to work with both adults and children.
QUALIFIED YOGA TEACHER
Katie has been practising yoga for over eight years. She originally began yoga to compliment running and then developed her practice to help her relax and unwind. Katie has attended many yoga retreats around the world. She is a qualified yoga teacher, and has certifications to teach both children and adults. She completed teacher training to teach children through the world renowned Rainbow Yoga and a 200hr teacher training to teach all ages through the highly regarded Uplifted Yoga with Brett Larkin.
Katie has completed Level 1 Universal Safeguarding, FGM, CSE, Domestic abuse and Prevent training. She understands and applies the principles of KCSIE 2018 (Part 1, 5 and Annex A). She has a cleared DBS certificate. Katie has also completed training related to Health an Safety - first aid training, COVID-19.
Katie is continuously learning about up to date changes in education and is on her own magical meditation journey!