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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

 The OECD’s programme for international student assessment (Pisa), which quizzes 15-year-olds on reading, maths, science and a range of...
The DfE have with litte fanfare published new non-statutory guuidance for schoools in England on how to develop pupils' character. The document is...
Friendship, school and a good night’s sleep have all been named as key factors in a young person’s happiness, in the government’s first ever State of...
The influential Education Endowment Foundation has developed new guidance which recommends that schools prioritise social and emotional learning to...
A national mental health programme in England to bridge gap between schools and colleges and NHS services has been announced. Pupils struggling with...

Resource roundup

  Early Years and KS1 educators - have a look at Kindness in the Classroom, a video series designed to make the Centre for Healthy Minds...
New uploads We've lots of new uploads to SEAL Community members’ resources to report – the product of some summer browsing. For EYFS and KS1 ‘...
Common Sense Media has published an
MindUp MindUP, created by the Goldie Hawn Foundation, is a program for children ages three to fourteen.  It provides easy to use plans for 15...
Online hate speech is a growing problem. SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) is a two-year project co-funded by the European...

New research

This study surveyed hundreds of teachers and administrators in the US and found that an overwhelming majority believed in, and used, attendance...
This study looked at the association between bullying behaviour, self-cutting and pupils’ perceptions of school safety - whether teachers care about...
Sharing is one of the most important expressions of prosocial behaviour and is linked to emotional well-being. Researchers wanted to know how this...
Engage in Education provided small group and one-to-one support for pupils in Years 9 and 10 who were at high risk of exclusion. The programme, which...
This study looked at how to support students at transition to US middle schools (at age 12) – a time when they can struggle to find social and...

Sharing practice

A core part of SEAL is creating the conditions that enable all children to feel that they belong and are welcomed in their class and school. Watch...
Surrey Square is a two-form entry primary school, serving an area that includes the Aylesbury estate in Southwark, London. 44% of pupils are eligible...
 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...

Practical tools

Here’s a useful tool for classroom check-ins from the US RULER SEL programme Children locate how they are feeling according to two dimensions-...
  We really like these ideas from Edutopia Primary and secondary Snowball toss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuu8_Ga63J8&list=...
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...

Top resource

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...
Find at: http://www.gettingthelowdown.com/ Cost: £100 Getting the Lowdown’ is a teaching resource...