Eight-year-olds to get mindfulness lessons to promote wellbeing

School pupils as young as eight will reportedly be taught mindfulness and relaxation exercises during a government trial designed to promote wellbeing.

Millions of children are thought to face mental health issues—perhaps three in every classroom—and the Department for Education (DfE) is asking schools to apply to run the trials from May.

Children will be taught to think of worrying ideas as “buses” that will drive away, as well as to use deep breathing exercises, the Sunday Times reported.

It comes after the head teacher of a top private school announced he would introduce empathy lessons for his youngest

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