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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 little fanfare published new non-statutory guidance for schools 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

Every teacher has to deal with students who totally ‘lose it’. Many of these children have experienced trauma from a variety of adverse childhood...
Working with your students on setting and reaching goals? Try teaching them the ‘Woop’ technique. Woop stands for ‘wish, outcome, obstacle, plan’. It...
  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

New research

 If you work with teenagers, or have one at home ... you must read thishttps://www.edutopia.org/article/decoding-teenage-brain-3-charts?...
One of the most popular theories in education was put to the test last year when a large meta-analysis found that growth mindset interventions had “...
  Reading can promote empathy and perspective taking.... but not all books have this effect. We’ve recently come across some rather old (2013)...
Pupils need to help shape the rules This study examined what motivates students to follow classroom rules, and whether these motivations were...

Sharing practice

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...
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...

Practical tools

First, have them use the comfort/growth/panic zone model, which gives students a way of articulating and understanding their levels of anxiety or...
  This is a lovely strategy used by teacher Michael Dunlea to help ensure that students experience a sense of belonging in his classroom.
 Here's some good step by step guidance from www.mindfulnessinschools.org Step 1 – take part in an online .begin taster these free sessions last...
Why not use  the register? Rather than 'Yes Miss' 35 times use this as an opportunity for pupils to say how things are for them. For example,...
Teach the THINK process to help students recognize responsible social media use before posting an unkind or untrue remark about a person because you...

Top resource

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...