Sophie Smith-Tong

Teacher and Specialist in Mental Health & Wellbeing in Education

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What is Mindfulness for learning?

Sophie graduated from the Institute of Education in 2010 with a PGCE Primary specialising in Drama and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

After teaching in an inner London school for 3 years she took maternity leave with her first child.

To develop her teaching practice and balance family life she became a Supply Teacher which became an unexpected, invaluable experience; exposing her to the different ways that schools operate. However there was a common theme - schools were in need of support to develop staff and child wellbeing.

During this time Sophie attended a course with MiSP sparking her interest in Mindfulness.

Sophie's passion to enhance and support the lives of teachers and children continued to grow and after 5 more years teaching, she was trained and appointed Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead. In this role she began to develop skills and understanding in this area.


Sophie is in constant pursuit of developing her understanding in the Mental Health and Wellbeing arena and continues to attend various topical courses. The courses she has attended include Designated Safeguarding Lead training, Mental Health First Aid, Child Bereavement, Managing Behaviour and Online Safety. 

Sophie created Mindfulness for learning to provide a platform for sharing expertise, ideas and conversations about mindful learning and development at home and school.


Sophie believes that parenting and educator support should be available to all parents and schools not just those who can afford it. This is why Mindfulness for learning use a 3 tiered pricing system making the workshops and courses extremely affordable and accessible. 

Sophie is currently based in London and has recently completed the MBCT - L (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life) course with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and after 20 years of self practice is finally close to becoming a certified Kids Yoga Teacher.

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We have the opportunity to be mindful in everything we do. 


Mental Health and Wellbeing are the new buzz words, but what can we do at school and at home to ensure it transcends from spoken word to action. 

Whether you are a parent, carer, work in a school or a younger person making your way in the world the importance of being mindful when growing or helping to grow somebody is key.

Mindfulness for learning aims to bring all things mental health and wellbeing to one place in a supported and connected environment.


You will find everything from responses to the latest news and interviews with experts to workshops and events for you to get involved in. 


There is something for everyone here and all are welcome.