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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.

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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

A new report from the Early Intervention Foundation explores the extent to which young children at risk of gang involvement or youth violence are...
The EEF's latest annual report says that it expects to grow its focus on social and emotional skills – or 'character' education.The report states: "...
 In his first public speech since taking up the post of education secretary,Damian Hinds said schools needed a mix of traditional academic...
“In a world that places a growing premium on social skills, a lot more needs to be done to foster those skills far more systematically across the...
A new consultation from the DfE proposes that government will'incentivise and support all schools to identify and train a Designated Senior Lead for...

Resource roundup

With Going for Goals/Keep on Learning themes in mind, we’ve uploaded new films and lesson ideas to the SEAL website. Going up in age from early...
f so we think you will like these 24 new, free social and emotional learning lesson plans. The resource is called ‘A Mindfulness-based Kindness...
Sesame Street have launched a resource portal focused on helping children from birth to age six deal with difficulties and challenge. The online...
This animated film for upper primary, co-created by teachers and children for the Anna Freud Centre, helps children talk about mental health and...
he Skill Force Prince William Award is an award programme for children aged 6–14, which aims build their character, resilience and confidence to...

New research

This research found that children's books featuring humans have greater moral impact than those based on animals. Researchers read one of three...
Findings of this study showed that after controlling for the effects of poverty and other possible explanatory factors for every one-point increase...
Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, which previously have shown immediate improvements in mental health, social skills, and academic...
This study presents new evidence that SEL saves money – and lives. It reports on a benefit-cost analysis of a school-based social and emotional...
Demos also mapped the behaviour and decision-making of young people online, finding that 26 per cent of the 16-18 year olds surveyed say they have ‘...

Sharing practice

Magna Carta secondary school in Surrey has a comprehensive approach to mental health and wellbeing. Clare Erasmus was appointed director of mental...
Each year, staff at Exminster Primary run a series of five weekly Family SEAL sessions for new Reception class parents. Each one takes the format of...
Instow Community Primary and Pre-school in North Devon serves a mixed community, with rural and coastal deprivation. It has developed its own novel...
This one is a video case study. If you’d like to see what a genuinely whole-school approach to social and emotional learning looks like, watch https...
School 21 is an all-through primary and secondary school in a disadvantaged area in East London. It is best known for its focus on speaking and...

Practical tools

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...
The Childhood Bereavement Network (NCB) has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful to children and families affected or distressed by...
Here are some nice ways of teaching relaxation that we came across. First, get younger children to practise ‘hot chocolate breathing’. Pretend to...

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...