13/04/2011 09:03 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Meditation Lessons For Kids At Essex School

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Schools in Essex have put meditation on the timetable in the hope that chilled out kids will pay more attention in class and ultimately, do better academically.

Teachers claim the exercises are working, and have had a positive impact on the kids, some of whom are as young as four.

The hour-long sessions cover breath control, yoga movements and other relaxation techniques.

They have been funded by a £20,000 government grant and are currently being trialled across ten infant and junior schools in Essex.

The head of Bournemouth Park Primary in Southend, Angela Hutchinson, said the classes had taught her pupils 'how to find their own space'. She said the kids 'think it's fantastic,' whilst Helen Reader, a headteacher from a school in Shoeburyness claimed the sessions had a 'calming' effect on her students.

What do you think?
Would you like to see meditation lessons in your kids' school?
A good use of £20,000, or a waste of money?

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