Classes helping pupils to focus

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PUPILS’ concentration in class can be ‘significantly improved’ by introducing new sessions into their timetable, academics have found.

Clinical psychologists from Sheffield University found ‘mindfulness’ classes, where children complete imagination exercises, games and group work, had a positive effect.

A pilot project was led at Broomhill infant school to see if there were similar outcomes for youngsters aged four to six.

The sessions aim to raise awareness of the here and now to help pupils cope better with thoughts and emotions.

Dr Lisa-Marie Berry, from the university’s department of psychology, said: “These activities could help to improve the concentration and attention abilities of pupils.”