MindUP is an evidence-based social emotional learning programme grounded in neuroscience, mindful awareness and positive psychology. Created to support the mental health and wellbeing of children from 3 to 14 years of age. MindUP is a whole-school strengths-based curriculum designed to lay strong foundations for children to navigate the challenges of the 21st century with resilience, kindness and compassion.

Are you searching for solutions that simultaneously promote social and emotional skills, mental health and academic outcomes?

Do you wish to create a culture of kindness and compassion, improving the wellbeing of your whole school community?

Do you wish to establish school-wide norms, expectations and routines that support children’s social and emotional development?

Are you keen to actively engage with parents to reinforce skills in the home environment?


Explaining the science that informed the development of MindUP

With Dr Molly Lawlor
University of British Columbia

The better we understand our own thoughts and feelings, the more we are aware and in control of our own behaviour. Rather than judging and reacting to what occurs in our lives, we learn to observe and respond thoughtfully. MindUP supports what we know about how children learn, and it augments their abilities to become resilient, mindful, optimistic and thriving human beings.

- 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


Longitudinal research in the UK has shown that good social and emotional skills – including self-regulation, self-awareness, and social skills – developed by the age of 10, are predictors of a range of adult outcomes, such as life satisfaction and wellbeing, labour market success, and good overall health. [2]

Social and emotional skills are protective factors for mental health. More than ever our UK schools need a systemic approach to wellbeing and mental health – prevention not intervention – MindUP provides the vehicle for this transformation.

MindUP equips pupils, teachers and parents/carers with the knowledge and tools to strengthen their wellbeing. MindUP creates a culture of care, kindness and compassion throughout the whole school, that extends beyond the classroom into the home.

10 years of independent research, including 4 randomised control trials, has substantiated MindUP’s impact on a variety of critical academic and social-emotional indicators. See our research page for further information.

“The lessons that constitute MindUP help strengthen young children’s self-regulation and pro-social qualities in ways that lead to success in kindergarten and beyond.” – Professors Andrew Mashburn & Robert Roese | Portland State University USA

The ability to interact positively with peers and adults, and to effectively navigate social situations is an essential life skill. It is important that children learn to recognise, express and regulate their emotions before they can be expected to interact successfully with others.

MindUP takes children through a sequence of learning that builds self-awareness (ME), awareness and understanding of others (WE) and how to apply this to the wider community (OTHERS). MindUP nurtures social awareness through practising perspective-taking and learning to think with an ‘open mind’, developing the ability to empathise with others, including those from backgrounds and cultures different from their own.

MindUP helps children develop the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, constructively negotiate conflict, and seek and offer help when needed.

MindUP promotes responsible decision making. The ability to make constructive choices about personal behaviour and social interactions. As a result, children learn to understand the consequences of actions, and to consider the wellbeing of themselves and others.

There is extensive evidence associating childhood social and emotional skills with improved outcomes at school and in later life, in relation to physical and mental health, school readiness and academic achievement, crime, employment and income. [2]

MindUP teaches children the knowledge and skills to improve self-management and develop greater self-awareness. When children are able to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behaviours in different situations, effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate themselves, they are more able to work towards personal and academic goals.

MindUP helps teachers create an optimistic classroom characterized by focused attention, gratitude, empathy, and connection to others. The MindUP teaching framework is designed to help students deepen their understanding of their own mental processes. By learning how their brains respond to stress and by practising strategies for quieting their minds, students become better at self-regulating, increasing their capacity for absorbing information, and improve their relationship skills to create a positive learning culture.

“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

UK studies report that educational professionals are suffering from the consequences of many factors causing severe pressure and stress, such as budget cuts, fewer staff, larger class sizes and increased workloads. With teacher recruitment and retention at an unprecedented low in the UK, senior leaders are needing to review the culture and ethos of their schools and make teacher wellbeing a key priority. [2]

There are no great schools without great teachers. There is no other profession as important in shaping the hearts and minds of the next generation.

MindUP professional learning helps teachers and support staff develop greater self-awareness and provides an opportunity to reflect on their own wellbeing.

A school that commits to implementing MindUP understands the importance of creating a positive ethos built upon shared values, placing wellbeing at the heart of everything it does. As with children, educators who teach the MindUP curriculum also report the benefits for themselves.

“I feel MindUP is fantastic for the children as well as the staff.” – MindUP Teacher

“It has tangibly helped me focus on what it is that we want the children to learn that session.” – MindUP Teacher

MindUP is designed to positively impact the whole school community and this includes families. Family is the first place children develop Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. It is therefore important to support families in building strong foundations at home.

An important part of MindUP’s whole-school model of training and support is engaging with families to ensure that the knowledge and skills taught and practised at school are reinforced in the home environment.

Our MindUP At Home workshops give an insight into the knowledge and skills their children are learning at school, and provide parents/carers with strategies to help their children and themselves successfully navigate life outside the school gates, from savouring happy moments to handling life’s challenges.

“Our kids do bring some of the MindUP techniques home and funnily enough, they teach them to us as well.” – MindUP Parent

“I use Brain Breaks with my son to help him focus before we do homework.”
– MindUP Parent


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The MindUP curriculum is derived from psychological theory and informed by research.

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