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Acclaimed Lancashire school wins Free School status

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20 September 2011

A flurry of media interest greeted the new term at Maharishi Free School in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, England—with radio, television, and print coverage of Britain's only school to offer Consciousness Based Education, now state funded for the first time.

Head Teacher Derek Cassells was interviewed last weekend on Real Radio, Radio Lancashire, Radio 4, Granada Television, and even by the Architects Journal—and in the interests of maintaining a non-disruptive start to the year for pupils he had to decline to allow BBC TV and a French television station to film the first day of the new term.

Granada Television was intrigued by the secret of ''the school that has double the national average of A grades at GCSE [General Certificate of Secondary Education],'' as reporter Ann O'Connor put it.

Cassells told the channel's evening news programme that the school day, although broadly similar to any other school, had an additional ingredient: ''When the children come in, they would go to their class, the teacher would take the register, they'd sit and close their eyes for a few minutes and practise Transcendental Meditation. Same thing in the afternoon.''

Transcendental Meditation, which reduces stress and develops mental alertness and learning ability is, said Cassells, ''a very simple, natural mental technique. It works in the way the mind works, so it's a very simple practice—which is why you can use it in schools.''

Global Good News will feature more of this article on Maharishi Free School, which appeared in, the official website for the Transcendental Meditation Programme in the United Kingdom.

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