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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.

Join us

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

On July 1st Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson announced the 2016 DfE Character Award winners for schools and organisations  that...
Nominate a teacher for a Power for Good Award !
A new survey has found that eight-year-olds in England are less happy than those in Romania, Poland and Algeria. In a study of 16 countries, children...
A survey has revealed a rising tide of mental health issues among young people and a serious gap in specialist care beyond the school gates. Many...
More than half of private schools are now providing their students with “formal” character education classes, according to the Independent Schools...

Resource roundup

 About 5% of children will have experienced the death of a parent by the time they are 16, while 92% will lose someone important to them. At any...
Try this high-tech version of SEAL’s emotional barometer- a Mood Meter app. The app lets children or adults plot their feelings, identify patterns...
In a previous newsletter we featured a short animation (with cute mice) explaining mindfulness and mediation. Here is another one - It's a beautiful...
The DfE have published a useful guide to help tackle cyberbullying – it’s at http://www.internetmatters.org/hub/research/new-cyberbullying-guide-for...
The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues have launched a Teaching Character through Subjects report and teaching resources. This year-long...

New research

What would you do in the following situation? As students in your classroom begin a writing task, one of them, Kata, starts throwing paper around and...
Schonert-Reichl, K.et al (2015). Enhancing cognitive and social–emotional development through a simple-to-administer mindfulness-based school program...
Hartanto, T. et al (2015): A trial by-trial analysis reveals more intense physical activity is associated with better cognitive control performance...
Korpershoek, H. et al (2016) A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Classroom Management Strategies and Classroom Management Programs on Students’...
Belfield, C., et al (2015) The economic value of social and emotional learning. New York, NY: Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education. There's...

Sharing practice

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...
The Harbour is a Special School and Pupil Referral Unit on five different sites in Portsmouth, three providing for students with behaviour...
At the Torfaen PRU, staff regard their role in developing students’ social and emotional capacities as pivotal, as their behaviour and learning...
This case study comes from a Healthy Schools Toolkit. It illustrates how one school used home-grown SEAL surveys to identify issues that needed to be...
Smithy Bridge Primary School used the Stirling Wellbeing Scale, which was adapted for Rochdale pupils, to measuring wellbeing in Year 6 students. The...

Practical tools

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... ),...
Bradford’s brilliant behaviour support team have designed pupil self-assessment booklets relating specifically to each SEAL primary theme. There is...

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...