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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

The government is to provide £200,000 of funding to train 3,000 teachers in all English secondary schools as "youth mental health first aid champions...
On the weekend of the 16th-18th June, The Great Get Together will be taking place across the country, and the PSHE Assocation is encouraging schools...
In an interview for CALMzine the Duke of Cambridge said ‘Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to...
In a recent poll by the NAHT headteachers’ union, 31 per cent of secondary leaders reported that there would be a reduction in the services they...
The Department for Education (DfE) has invited bidders for multimillion-pound contracts to offer mental health training in 100 English primary...

Resource roundup

For the SEAL Community website we have uploaded some fantastic secondary tutor group resources from charities BOND and Young Minds, which build...
The How I Feel About My School (HIFAMS questionnaire) has been designed to measure the happiness and subjective well-being of children in school. The...
We all know that whatever gets measured usually gets attention and focus. Right now, there is no widespread, practical way for all schools to assess...
BBC Learning and Young Minds have launched The Mind Set, the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE students. The Mind Set...
Childline has launched an app that provides counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices. ’For Me' was created...

New research

Penny. A. (2016) Parentally bereaved children communicating their feelings: preliminary analysis of data from the Millennium Cohort Study. London:...
Hatfield, B.E. & Williford, A.P (2017) Cortisol Patterns for Young Children Displaying Disruptive Behavior: Links to a Teacher-Child,...
Fuligni, A. et al (2017) Adolescent Sleep Duration, Variability, and Peak Levels of Achievement and Mental Health. Child Dev. doi:10.1111/cdev.12729...
Palminteri, S. et al (2016) The Computational Development of Reinforcement Learning during Adolescence http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004953
Greenberg, M. et al (2016) Teacher Stress and Health : Effects on Teachers, Students, and Schools .Pennsylvania State University and Robert Wood...

Sharing practice

Every Monday morning at Haytor View Community Primary School in Devon starts with an assembly on one of the SEAL themes. Children then go to their...
Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has been doing something different when students misbehave. Instead of punishing disruptive students, the...
Clare Erasmus is head of mental health and wellbeing at the Magna Carta School in Surrey. Here she describes how the school put in place a whole-...
Through a complex web of schoolwide strategies and practices focused on social-emotional learning, Symonds Elementary provides students with a safe,...
Secondary schools might like to look at this five-minute film titled Can You Teach Character?The film, made by award-winning producers The Moment,...

Practical tools

Here are some nice ways of teaching relaxation that we came across. First, get younger children to practise ‘hot chocolate breathing’. Pretend to...
After teaching children relaxation techniques, give each a small ‘go-to’ box in which they keep objects to help them if they feel angry, upset or...
We liked this way of supporting pupils who find it really hard to communicate what they are feeling and manage strong emotions. Staff at a special...
If you are working with children on setting and reaching goals, you need to know about ‘mental contrasting’. Here’s how to do it. Get children to :...
Schools in England are required to actively promote fundamental British values to their pupils, both in lessons and in extracurricular activities....

Top resource

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...
We all want children to enjoy playtimes, benefiting from the physical and mental exercise and social interaction that effectively-run outdoor spaces...
This new resource is invaluable in my reception class – there are stories for every occasion which really engage the children and they love the...