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Welcome to the SEAL Community!

Set up and supported by leading experts in the field,  the SEAL Community is a not-for-profit organisation offering education professionals with an interest in SEAL the opportunity to join a network of like-minded individuals, schools and organisations. We aim to promote and develop SEAL through sharing news, practice, resources and expertise.

By registering with us (which is free, quick and easy), you can immediately find and download all of the national SEAL curriculum materials, teacher guidance and professional development materials, national reports and evaluations.

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By joining the SEAL Community you will be able to share practice with other professionals who are interested in children and young people's social and emotional development. You will be able to:

  • Access a regular newsletter for practitioners (a round up of news, case-studies, tips, resource reviews )
  • Find contacts and network with others in similar contexts (special schools, early years, SEAL in PRUs, SEAL in Wales, Local Authorities etc.)
  • Ask questions and join on-line forums in areas of interest to you
  • Share and download lesson plans, assemblies, useful tools and resources
  • Attend national conferences and professional development at reduced rates

Maintaining the Community's website and supporting practice-sharing does carry some costs, unfortunately, so there will be a small annual fee for members (currently £30 for individuals, £75 for schools/settings and £100 for local authorities). The more who join, the smaller we can keep the fee, so please tell your friends about the Community. Join online here

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News update

No less than four parliamentary select committees of MPs have now called on the government to make PSHE a statutory subject on the curriculum - the...
The 2016 Children’s Society’s Good Childhood report has found a growing gap in happiness between girls and boys. Girls are less happy than they used...
The next Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from the 6th – 12th February 2017. We’ll keep you updated on the theme and where to find...
DfE  data , from the 2016 School Workforce in England release published in August, shows that since 2011 the total amount of time secondary...
On July 1st Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson announced the 2016 DfE Character Award winners for schools and organisations  that...

Resource roundup

Sharing and discussing picture books can be a great way of developing social and emotional skills, at any age. A Cambridge University study by Maria...
Deep inside everyone, a red beast lies sleeping. When it is asleep, the red beast is quite small, but when it wakes up, it begins to grow and grow....
In the last newslettter we featured teaching suggestions for using the film Inside Out. Ruth Frost, SEAL coordinator at West Monmouth Secondary...
We came across a resource from the US organisation Ashoka, whose goal is to promote increased empathy in children and adults. The resource is a set...
Floreat Education has launched a new Character Programme. The programme, funded by the Department for Education, supports both the 'taught' and '...

New research

Gibb, J. et al (2016) Poverty and children’s personal and social relationships Secondary analysis of Millennium Cohort Study data. Joseph Rowntree...
Sharpe, H., et al (2016) Use, acceptability and impact of booklets designed to support mental health self-management and help seeking in schools:...
Han, Hyemin (2016) Neuroscientific and social psychological investigation on psychological effects of stories of moral exemplars https://purl....
Bryan, C. et al. (2014), “Helping” Versus “Being a Helper”: Invoking the Self to Increase Helping in Young Children. Child Development, 85: 1836–1842...
Obsuth, I. et al (2016) A Non-bipartite Propensity Score Analysis of the Effects of Teacher–Student Relationships on Adolescent Problem and Prosocial...

Sharing practice

Secondary schools might like to look at this five-minute film titled Can You Teach Character?The film, made by award-winning producers The Moment,...
In the US there is a network of schools (the EL Education network) which all use two parallel strategies to maximise students’ achievement. The first...
We liked this idea from Denmark , where a programme that starts on the first day of school at six years old up and continues until graduation at age...
We liked this simple mindfulness idea for the Foundation Stage. Give every child a small stuffed animal toy to be their own ‘belly buddy’, and have...
Films are great for SEAL lessons and assemblies, so here we highlight especially good ones and linked learning resources. We’re sure you’ve seen the...

Practical tools

Schools in England are required to actively promote fundamental British values to their pupils, both in lessons and in extracurricular activities....
Have you heard of tootoot? It's a safeguarding app which allows students to safely report any worries and incidents of bullying, cyber bullying,...
This resource provides two simple, quick and ready to use tools to assess and profile individual pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the...
These really useful short scales from Julie Casey profile a child’s skills in the five SEAL aspects of learning. In the form of an Excel spreadsheet...
This is a standardised assessment (available from GL Assessment at http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/emotional-literacy-assessment-an... ),...

Top resource

Find at: http://www.gettingthelowdown.com/ Cost: £100 Getting the Lowdown’ is a teaching resource...
Helping Children with Feelings – nine guidebooks and nine accompanying stories (or buy each separately) By: Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong...
We all want children to enjoy playtimes, benefiting from the physical and mental exercise and social interaction that effectively-run outdoor spaces...
This new resource is invaluable in my reception class – there are stories for every occasion which really engage the children and they love the...