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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

Mental health charity We Are Beyond have designed a free mental health and wellbeing festival for schools across the UK. Schools can book virtual...
A report from Co-SPACE on children’s emotional, behavioural and attention difficulties during Covid-19 shows an increase in behavioural and attention...
In 2017, Theresa May launched a £200 million initiative to offer mental health awareness training to every secondary school over the next three years...
Most teaching staff in England think pupil behaviour has got worse since the Covid-19 lockdown, a survey for the Tes showed. More than two-...
An NHS report finds that rates of probable mental disorders have increased since 2017. In 2020, one in six children aged 5 to 16 years were...

Resource roundup

This is a video about how to take care of your mental health, be productive and keep yourself motivated while under lockdown. It is aimed at KS3 but...
We were going to upload new resources on setting goals, ambition, bouncing back after failure etc for the new year … but because of the way COVID is...
This is a good one to help staff cope with difficult behaviour. When someone’s behaviour is getting you down, remember ….
And remember the saying … ‘you can’t pour from an empty jug.’ Author and speaker Adele Bates has these tips to help teachers manage stress. She...
We have uploaded a set of slides that takes you through international evidence of the impact of social and emotional learning and describes what the...

New research

Learning Together is a school-based intervention grounded in schoolwide policies and systems, restorative practices, and social and emotional...
Anxiety and learning go hand in hand, but research suggests that simple activities focused on self-talk and metacognitive reflection can create...
Wings for Kids is an after-school programme involving college volunteers working with small groups of 10 to 12 students. A randomized controlled...
The Good Behaviour Game (GBG) is a school intervention that provides team rewards for positive behaviours. Many US studies have found significant...
A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology examined whether prosocial behaviours are rewarding for young children.

Sharing practice

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...
At Cherry Tree primary school in Basildon, Essex 97% of pupils have English as an additional language and 57% of the population of the area are...
Brighton teacher and national oracy lead for Voice 21 Katy asked her KS2 students to watch the first Trump/Biden TV debate and rate the candidates’...
Ryburn Valley High School recently won Character Education Kitemark Plus award from the Association for Character Education. Headteacher David Lord...

Practical tools

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
To take secondary students’ understanding of emotions further, try having them explore the wheel of emotions. This simplifies emotions for students...
In a blog for the Education Endowment Foundation Beth Rowe, primary school deputy head and Year 5 teacher at Pontesbury Primary, describes how she...
At John C. Haines Elementary School in Chicago, students place a pom-pom in a jar when they do something nice for their peers, and then describe...

Top resource

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...
Expandaball This expanding ball is great for teaching mindful breathing. Pass the ball round and tell the children to breathe in while slowly...