Jem Shackleford

Jem Shackleford

I am a mindfulness teacher, supervisor and qualified secondary school teacher.

After 17 years in mainstream education, I have been teaching mindfulness since 2012 and teach in a number of different contexts: general public, NHS and schools. I work for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) as Head of Curricula, regularly training teachers in MiSP’s .b, .breathe and Foundations courses. In addition, I am an assessor for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), evaluating competence to teach for mindfulness trainees in the NHS’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPTS), and also teach mindfulness to young people with learning difficulties and their carers. I was involved in the MYRIAD research project, led by Oxford University, helping schools embed mindfulness. Having set up Inward Bound Mindfulness Education UK (iBme UK), who run residential mindfulness retreats for young people, I recently stepped down as director to focus on my MiSP responsibilities. I remain connected with the organisation as a teacher on their retreats.

My particular interests lie in the training of mindfulness teachers and their development through reflection, as well as exploring ways in which mindfulness can be incorporated into educational settings, and the development of mindfulness to improve accessibility for different groups.


· Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness course – David Treleavan (Oct 2020)

· Supervision Training – Mindfulness Network (Sept 2019)

· The Present for Secondary and Adults (2018)

· MSc in Mindfulness-based Approaches (Thesis on barriers to engagement with assessment and professional development) University of Bangor (completed 2018)

· MiSP .b, .bFoundations (2012 & 2014)

· MA in Education – University of Bath

· PGCE Secondary History – Open University

· BA Modern History and Politics – University of Manchester

Teaching-Training Specialisms


· MBCT for general wellbeing

· MBIs in schools and education

Supervision Experience

I have offered supervision since qualification in 2019.

I was a supervisor and university visiting tutor for Post-Graduate Certificate of Education trainees with Exeter University.

Supervision Specialisms


· MBIs in education settings

· MBCT for general wellbeing

Supervision Rates

1 hour individual session – £50-£60

½ hour individual session – £25-£35

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Personal Practice

I began meditating in 2001 while living in Taiwan. I regularly go on retreat, mostly at Gaia House and with the Bodhi College and London Insight.

Research Activities and Interests

· Barriers to professional development in the teaching of MBIs.

· Young people with learning difficulties.

· Accessibility in educational contexts.

Further info

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