Irena-Marie Makowska is a mind management coach, practitioner in BWRT® and clinical hypnotherapist.
Education & Well-being
Educational Performance practitioner, Irena-Marie Makowska, is working alongside school teachers to enhance overall confidence and well-being among their pupils - as well as staff.
In September 2013 a research study carried out by Edge Hill University, the University of South Australia and the AQA exam board found that teenagers who stress about doing well in their GCSE exams are likely to get lower results than peers who remain calmer. The study was based on a survey of 325 pupils. Although this fact is obvious to all of us, not enough is being done to counteract stress in education.
In the UK alone, children and young adults who are depressed, can wait up to 18 months (unless suicidal) to see a counsellor through CAMHS.
"My aim is to provide students with simple coping strategies that they can utilize throughout their life. To reduce their anxiety levels and perform at their very best."
It is estimated that one in ten children and adolescents aged 5-16 suffer from a mental health difficulty – this is around three individuals in every school class.
Mindfulness in Schools
"The attentive, caring and wise voice of a supportive adult gets internalized and becomes part of the youth's own voice", National Research Council, USA.
Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness hypnosis not only prevents depression, but that it also positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress and irritability. It increases grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self-control and attention. Overall it lifts moods and promotes learning.
Using mindfulness to create overall well-being, self confidence, focus and a state of calmness are life skills that remain.
One-2-One Case Study, France.
The Educational Performance Programme (EPP)
The programme is developed using mindfulness hypnosis to create well-being. This is an immediate support system for vulnerable children and young adults.
It is designed to bring about a positive change to a student’s mindset, to give them a set of ‘mind management tools’ that can help them focus on success, instead of negatives and failures.
This is not a short-term fix, it is creating skills for life.
The EPP is created to cover a number of different subjects within schools, collages and universities.
Children from seven years upwards can benefit immensely simply by encouraging their creative skills to build confidence; to aid interaction with their peers; to focus more clearly; to ease exam stress and even enhance performance in sports, drama and music for example.
The Exam Programme:
Malet Lambert School Case Study, United Kingdom
The award-winning school, the beneficiary of £25m redevelopment, has been using the Educational Performance Programme designed to help students and their teachers prepare for exams by using relaxation and concentration methods.
Linked to other teaching methods that have helped to position Malet Lambert as one of the city’s leading secondary schools, they have employed this programme for three years which has resulted in the school's recorded best ever GCSE results with 99 per cent of the students receiving five A to C grades.
Stephen Logan, Business Champion at Malet Lambert School said: “For many students, it isn't just the anxiety or nerves at the time of the exam, but very often they worry for weeks and months ahead. This programme provide students with simple coping strategies that they can utilise to reduce their anxiety levels and perform at their very best. All of this can lead to much better academic performance and far greater emotional well-being for the student.”