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Social and emotional learning helps children and young people to:

‘… learn how to communicate their feelings, set themselves goals and work towards them, interact successfully with others, resolve conflicts peaceably, control their anger and negotiate their way through the many complex relationships in their lives today and tomorrow’.

This kind of learning underpins positive behaviour and attitudes to learning, personal development and mental health and wellbeing. It is at the heart of PSHE, relationships and health education. Research shows it also helps raise attainment.

Social and emotional learning is attracting increasing attention in schools. On this website you will find age-related teaching resources and whole school frameworks to support your work. Many of them come from the national ‘social and emotional Learning’ (SEAL) initiative.

By registering with us (which is free, quick and easy), you can immediately find and download all of the national SEAL curriculum materials and teacher guidance. There’s a progression in learning objectives that can be used in any school, and training materials if you want to introduce or refresh a whole-school SEAL approach. Click on National Resources on the top bar, then click the Getting Started with SEAL tab.

If you would like regularly updated resources and a termly newsletter, you can join our SEAL Community. Set up and supported by leading experts in the field, the SEAL Community is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote and develop SEAL through sharing news, practice, resources and expertise. Joining costs £30 for individuals, £75 for schools/settings and £100 for local authorities or other multi-school organisations Join online here

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News update

Just before his departure to the back benches, England’s Education Secretary announced a relaunch of the Character Awards, which highlight innovative...
The new curriculum will be mandatory from September 2020. Schools are encouraged to adopt  it early , from September 2019.Find the guidance...
The Great Get Together is one of the UK's largest community events.  It provides a brilliant reason to do something in your school to encourage...
Education Secretary Damien Hinds has renewed his commitment to character education. “It’s a good time of year to remind pupils that in in 10 years’...
They can include low self-esteem and a lack of emotional security in school, as well as a mistrust of adults. Florence Ruby, head of research...

Resource roundup

We’ve uploaded new Rise Above resources for work on coping with change and transition, at http://sealcommunity.org/resources/resources-lessons-change...
It feels like never before have we so much needed to educate our children to be global citizens. There are fabulous lesson plans and PowerPoints here...
If you are working on the theme of change this term, why not focus on the experiences of refugees and migrants? We’ve uploaded a collection of lesson...
DfE statutory guidance for relationships and health education (primary) and sex, relationships and health education (secondary) is due to come into...
Wellbeing Measurement for Schools is an approach that supports primary and secondary schools to understand particular strengths and challenges for...

New research

This very interesting US study found significant effects on social and emotional skills of young children – just by talking about feelings.  ...
This study surveyed 750 teachers in Greece, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom to investigate how they treat social and emotional education (SEE)...
This nation-wide study covering more than 900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher...
Current mental health provision for children is based on estimates of one in ten children experiencing mental health problems. This study analyses a...
Research by Oxford University academics has found little evidence of a relationship between screen time and wellbeing in adolescents. Based on data...

Sharing practice

 John Donne Primary school in Southwark has been praised by Ofsted for the way it equips students with an impressive range of personal qualities...
The school playground can be a lonely place for a child if they haven't got anyone to play with. But buddy benches help pupils make friends and – as...
Wood Green secondary in Oxfordshire has a higher than average proportion of pupils on free school meals. At the time when a two-year wellbeing...
Andrew Moffat, Assistant Head Teacher at Parkfield primary in Birmingham, believes that schools should be delivering a curriculum that enables...
Teaching his 13 year old students to be compassionate to one another was already a priority in Justin Parmenter’s classroom – but when a pupil at a...

Practical tools

Why not ... invite parents to your assemblies about mental health. One school used the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story to explore coping strategies...
We liked these ideas for teaching self-regulation – especially the upstairs brain and the downstairs brain!  https://www.heysigmund.com/how-to-...
Staff as well as pupil wellbeing is the theme of a ‘sharing practice’ case study in this newsletter. Here are some more tips. Use SEAL ideas with...
At Kings Road Primary in Manchester there is an emoticon board in every classroom, on which sit five emojis. Each pupil has a label with their name...
When studying a book, play or historical event use empathy map tools to help students to think about how others would act, think/believe and feel in...

Top resource

Expandaball This expanding ball is great for teaching mindful breathing. Pass the ball round and tell the children to breathe in while slowly...
We really like this programme to teach young people aged 8 – 16 years to manage their own anxiety and worry. It helps them develop techniques to use...
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...