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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

Thirteen to fourteen-year-olds were less anxious during lockdown than they had been last October, according to a University of Bristol survey of 1,...
The Welsh government have published draft guidance on embedding a whole-school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing . The consultation...
The Department for Education in England have announced a ‘Wellbeing for Education Return’ programme, an £8m nationally developed training programme...
A survey  carried out by the University of Oxford suggests that primary children have experienced an increase in emotional difficulties since...
New online resources designed by health and education experts will be provided to schools and colleges to boost mental health support for staff and...

Resource roundup

The amount of advice and guidance for schools on COVID and mental health can feel overwhelming. But we recommend this manageable tool for school...
We’ve uploaded a batch of new resources to the SEAL website.  For primary we have two resources from Partnership for Children to help children...
These new calm-down choice cards for primary pupils would be useful to cut out and laminate. Based on self-regulation theory, they are designed to...
Mentally Healthy Schools have published a new toolkit to support school staff plan an Inset day focused on wellbeing. It is split into four sections...
Assembly plans are always useful, and the Jubilee Centre for Character have launched a suite of assembly materials for children aged 4 to 16 years....

New research

This review looked at 63 studies reporting on the impact of social isolation and loneliness on the mental health of previously healthy children and...
Teaching children to see others’ perspective best solution to prejudice and discrimination
This large study of more than 150,000 students in all 133 of Chicago’s public high schools found that schools that build social-emotional qualities...
Dana Murano and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis to summarise the effects of social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions on the development...
This report evaluates the delivery of pilots, which tested peer support for mental health and wellbeing in schools, colleges and children and young...

Sharing practice

We are hearing that most children are excited to be back and just want to get on and move forward. So our top tips are about hope and positivity: 1....
At Northampton Academy secondary school staff have developed a whole home-learning programme on character development. They developed a theme, ‘...
At Goldfield Infants’ and Nursery School staff created a slogan ‘we stand together even though we are apart’ and planned a display featuring members...
Dean Close is a co-educational independent school in Cheltenham, taking children aged two to eighteen. Sarah Davies is its Head of PSHE and wellbeing...
At Woldingham School in Surrey senior teacher Gail Haythorne has developed a whole school approach to building persistence and resilience. Inspired...

Practical tools

Share with parents and staff this eight minute film, in which clinical psychologist Dr Jess Richardson makes straightforward suggestions for...
We’ve previously featured Yale University’s RULER mood meter. It shows how all emotions can be placed somewhere on two dimensions – high/low...
SEAL suggests that every year you work out a classroom charter with a new class or tutor group, which sets out how people will behave towards...
We came across an article by Andrew Hampton, headteacher of Thorpe Hall School in Essex. He described what sounds like a very effective approach to...
When children return to school after staying at home for many months, they will bring with them accumulated baggage of anxiety, frustration, low...

Top resource

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...
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...