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15 November 2011
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The article features two new Maharishi Free Schools planned to open in 2013. The planned Maharishi Free School in Richmond (a borough of London) aims to deliver not only outstanding academic results, but also the full development of pupils' creativity, intelligence and self-confidence. The school will help to meet an 'extraordinary need for more school places in Richmond', organizers say.
The Consciousness-based Education system to be used at the school features a broad curriculum based around the International Baccalaureate, and incorporates a few minutes practise each day of the Transcendental Meditation technique for pupils and staff. This simple, effortless mental technique provides deep physical and mental rest, dissolves stress, and develops neurological balance—making it a valuable component of effective education, and a useful life-long skill.
Consciousness-based Education, widely praised for offering an educational environment free from bullying and other stress-related negative behaviour, has been pioneered by the Maharishi Free School in Lancashire—named after the founder of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—which will supervise the Richmond school.
Despite the Maharishi Free School being completely non-selective academically, reports from Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and the School's GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examination results rank the School not only amongst the highest in Lancashire, but also in the top 2.5% of all schools nationally, outperforming even Eton and Harrow. These results have been consistent since the School was first established 25 years ago, and supporters are confident they will be replicated in the Richmond school.
Ofsted, which in 2009 rated the School ''outstanding'' in 11 areas and ''outstanding'' overall, reported, ''The School's focus on individuals and its use of meditation and the quest for balance underpins all that it does. Students are calm, confident, self-assured, polite and considerate. They are eager to acquire knowledge and skills and enjoy learning.'
There are also plans to open a Maharishi Free School in Suffolk in 2013.
Click here to enjoy the full article on the Excellence in Action page, which includes a discussion of Consciousness-based Education by the head teacher at Maharishi Free School in Lancashire, peer-reviewed research on benefits of Transcendental Meditation in education, and quotes from students, parents, and teachers at the school.
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