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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

In a survey of over 3000 secondary students by the Anna Freud Centre, just over half of respondents identified at least one adult in school who they...
Serious mental health conditions in children up 50 per cent in three years
Public Health England have launched a new psychological first aid (PFA) online training course to help support children and young people that have...
The Department of Health and Social Care in England has committed £79m to expand plans for increased mental health support. The number of mental...
Mental health charity We Are Beyond have designed a free mental health and wellbeing festival for schools across the UK. Schools can book virtual...

Resource roundup

We’re sure many of you will have been helping children think about the new qualities, skills and interests they acquired because of the lockdowns and...
Sort of linked to confidence is this lesson sequence plan and PowerPoint, suitable for Y7 to 9, about peer conformity and peer influence. ...
We are finding that because of the post-lockdown focus on mental health, more and more schools are interested in ideas like emotion check-ins, the...
For moving up to a new class, we’ve uploaded a useful collection of primary transition day resources here. For primary-secondary transition, we...
Did you know that on average, 1 in every 29 children will be bereaved of a parent, and many more children will experience the death of another family...

New research

The Early Intervention Foundation applies rigorous standards to rate different programmes according to the strength of research evidence behind them...
A  new study shows that schools which promote relationships, resilience and belonging have a bigger impact on the long-term success of...
In this study, seven-year-olds were given a test of emotion recognition (ER) based on faces and voices. Three aspects of the school climate were...
School-based humanistic counselling consists of one-on-one sessions with a counsellor employed by a school, and is based on a child-centred approach...
An evaluation of the DfE funded pilot of peer mentoring has found that the programme had no discernible effect on the majority of wellbeing and...

Sharing practice

Miss Greenwood at Boothroyd Primary Academy uses the Colour Monster story and Measure My Mood feeling cards with her early years class, to explore...
Adrian Bethune of Teachappy has described fantastic work on kindness at John Stainer primary school in London. Kindness is a super-power, children...
Meath is a special school in Surrey that caters for children with speech, language and communication difficulties. In this year’s national children’s...
Students at Freehold Primary Academy in Oldham used a collection of memes displayed in their class to identify how they were feeling – and then talk...
Staff at Billesley Primary in Birmingham have created a ‘Social Emotional Learning Toolbox’, a digital collection of content covering the core SEL...

Practical tools

LIGHT BULB MOMENT……SKIPPING GAMES – Could They Be The Best Social Distancing Games Ever? Jenny Mosley has been collecting skipping games as a teacher...
Stella Jones, Director of Town End Associate Research School, suggests ways of developing empathy using structured questioning about stories. In...
Try this on yourself and your friends… what is the ‘core message’ about how to live your life that you think you got from your parents? For us and...
Here’s a top tip from the Edutopia website. A 2018 study showed that positive greetings at the door increased academic engagement by 20 percentage...
Try this 60 second strategy for secondary and upper primary https://www.edutopia.org/video/60-second-strategy-appreciation-apology-aha

Top resource

In this book by Kate Milner, a young boy discusses the journey he is about to make with his mother. They will leave their town, she explains, and it...
Do have a  look at this short video about how to teach primary children to read emotions when people are wearing masks. Secondary colleagues...
Jenny Mosley has made her fabulous training available as online, remote learning. The package, which costs £135, includes
Last term the Education Endowment Foundation and Early Intervention Foundation published a guidance report, Improving Social and Emotional Learning...
Kind- A Book About Kindness By Alison Green Imagine a world where everyone is kind. How can we make that come true? This is a book which from start...