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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

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, has set out his “five foundations” for character education – sport, creativity, performing, volunteering and...
One in eight young people had a mental health difficulty last year, according to a major new report. The survey, published by the NHS, shows that 12....
Ofsted are consulting on a new inspection framework which plans to scrap the current personal development, behaviour and welfare judgement and...
The Department for Education and Department of Health have named the “trailblazer” areas for the new teams, which will work with around 8,000...
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...

Resource roundup

We’ve uploaded new primary resources for work on Going for Goals, with the highlight some lessons based on the award-winning SOAR, a lovely short...
'Be the nice kid' is a heartwarming film about the importance of kindness, made by children in an Aberdeenshire school. Children at Dunnottar School...
The London Grid for Learning has produced free classroom resources to help school communities build resilience and understand mental health better....
In November the DfE updated this guidance for school staff, which applies to all schools in England. It gives advice on:• how to create a whole...
We await the English government’s response to its consultation on new guidance for teaching a statutory Relationships and Sex Education curriculum....

New research

People who talk a lot about themselves are not narcissists as one might expect. Instead, those who say 'I' and 'me' a lot may be prone to...
A space-exploring robot crashes on a distant planet. In order to gather the pieces of its damaged space ship, it needs to build emotional rapport...
This useful article reviews the overall evidence for the impact of SEL programmes in the pre-school years. It then reviews four US programmes in...
This useful article summarises results from four large-scale meta-analyses (i.e., analyses of hundreds of experimental and comparison group studies)...
The Education Endowment Foundation’s trial of Families and Schools Together (FAST), delivered by Save the Children, did not appear to make a...

Sharing practice

he school playground can be a lonely place for a child if they haven't got anyone to play with. But buddy benches help pupils make friends and – as...
Wood Green secondary in Oxfordshire has a higher than average proportion of pupils on free school meals. At the time when a two-year wellbeing...
Andrew Moffat, Assistant Head Teacher at Parkfield primary in Birmingham, believes that schools should be delivering a curriculum that enables...
Teaching his 13 year old students to be compassionate to one another was already a priority in Justin Parmenter’s classroom – but when a pupil at a...
Jon Biddle is a year 6 teacher at Moorlands primary academy in Norfolk. Here he writes about the school’s work with EmpathyLab.

Practical tools

Staff as well as pupil wellbeing is the theme of a ‘sharing practice’ case study in this newsletter. Here are some more tips. Use SEAL ideas with...
At Kings Road Primary in Manchester there is an emoticon board in every classroom, on which sit five emojis. Each pupil has a label with their name...
When studying a book, play or historical event use empathy map tools to help students to think about how others would act, think/believe and feel in...
With Brexit looming and a polarisation of views, here are some ideas on how to teach children to have productive disagreements. Brooke Deterline is...
In recent newsletters we’ve featured ideas on how to help children learn to regulate their attention and emotions - self-regulation. But how can...

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...