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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

The government said hopes schools and other bodies will use the "state of the nation" report to inform their policies and management of children's...
A review of the impact that excessive social media can have on children's mental health is to be conducted, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has...
Save the date! Anti-Bullying Week this year is happening from Monday 12th – Friday 16th November and has the theme ‘Choose Respect’. It will again...
A significant cut in the number of hours schools teach PE and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) at school has raised concerns about pupils...
New-ish education secretary Damian Hinds has set out his priorities for the education system. And yes, “character, resilience and well-being” is...

Resource roundup

 Anti-bullying week approaches, so we’ve uploaded a collection of resources to help children understand and respect difference.
YoungMinds has been working with the Beano to create Mandi, a new character specifically created to engage children with mental health.
This resource from the Nurture Group network provides tried and tested tools, strategies and ideas for exploring loss with children and young...
These six stories have been written to help 9 – 13 year olds deal with some of the issues they face, such as test anxiety, loss and transition, so...
The Home Office and PSHE Association have updated these free resources to support the government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign. The campaign, and...

New research

Evaluation reports into The Prince William Award have found that it has significant impact on socio-emotional development, attitudes to learning...
This randomised controlled trial assessed the benefits of introducing yoga and mindfulness into elementary (primary) classrooms.
Zippy’s Friends is a whole-class social and emotional learning (SEL) programme that aims to develop children’s coping skills, including their...
In this study schools in Arkansas in the US were assigned by lottery to receive free tickets to attend one of five live theatre performances over a...
 Despite extensive research on the harmful effects of peer victimization, little is known about whether prosocial treatment from peers – that is...

Sharing practice

Jon Biddle is a year 6 teacher at Moorlands primary academy in Norfolk. Here he writes about the school’s work with EmpathyLab.
Prince Bishops Primary is a one form entry school County Durham. It is also a National Teaching School, providing training and inspiration to others...
At Tapton School in Sheffield staff were very aware of increasing mental health needs amongst students, and of the strong correlation between exam...
Exclusions are on the up in UK schools, and in England the government have asked former minister Edward Timpson to investigate the reason. So it’s...
Magna Carta secondary school in Surrey has a comprehensive approach to mental health and wellbeing. Clare Erasmus was appointed director of mental...

Practical tools

In recent newsletters we’ve featured ideas on how to help children learn to regulate their attention and emotions - self-regulation. But how can...
In previous newsletters we’ve featured the exciting Zones of Regulation approach. Follow this link http://sealcommunity.org/member-resource/zones-...
This idea from Mia Casey is a great way of supporting children who need help with managing strong feelings. Take photos of the child showing...
This blog post from Vicki Zakrzewski has some good tips for ways that social-emotional learning can be integrated into traditional lessons. ‘Schools...
 Try this one-minute ‘Train track’ mindfulness exercise with your class. Tell the children this exercise helps to reduce stress. Ask them to sit...

Top resource

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...
Helping Children with Feelings – nine guidebooks and nine accompanying stories (or buy each separately) By: Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong...