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JENNIE THORNTON

I have been involved in educating and teaching for over 30 years, working in a variety of institutions and teaching a varied range of disciplines from Performance Arts and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) at the Birmingham School of Acting, now part of Birmingham City University, physical education to pre-school children and working as a Youth Worker for Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. Here one of my duties was as a Rifle Shooting Instructor teaching the skill for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. I gained a BA (Hons) in English at The University of Birmingham in 2000 and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Drama in 2001 and have taught in schools, institutions and privately ever since.

For several years now I have studied, qualified and practiced in a range of complementary therapies. I am a Mindfulness Trainer and teacher; Master NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) practitioner with a certificate in Teaching Excellence; and a Thought Field Therapy, Hypnosis, Kinetic Shift, Havening and IEMT practitioner. I also work with a range of Psy-Tap psychotherapeutic techniques created by Kevin Laye. As I have learnt and qualified, these modalities have all been incorporated into my work, whether in school, private work with individuals, or teaching Mindfulness and Well-Being. They are all wonderfully non-invasive and have no side effects.  

I am currently a Mindfulness trainer for the Central England College and teaching Mindfulness with my colleague Mark Chambers. We teach in schools, medical establishments, privately and at Clare Priory in Suffolk. I deliver Well-Being courses that include Mindfulness and Psy-Tap psychosensory techniques for university students, trainee teachers and teachers. I am also passionate about the Performing Arts and teach Speech and Drama and Public Speaking, helping students excel in performance and overcome any performance phobias or issues.  

Having worked in education all of my adult life, it quickly became clear that a good education is about much more than just academic achievement. For people to excel and succeed requires them having a good sense of well-being and sound mental health. So my aim has always been to help and enable people to learn, grow spiritually and emotionally and overcome challenges. This frees and allows them to develop and maintain their well-being and to reach their own personal potential. I believe that the attainment of knowledge, physical well-being and good mental health should be treated as a holistic whole.