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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

Character education is being crowded out of the school day despite receiving a £10 million funding boost, government research finds Competing time...
An investigation by the Times Educational Supplement has found that schools in England experienced significant spikes in “hate crimes” and “hate...
November 13th is World Kindness Day. Kindness Day was born when a collection of humanitarian groups came together on November 13, 1997 and made a “...
A team of experts, heads and classroom teachers are currently trialling a “Happiness Ofsted” approach. Andy Cope and the team deliver training to...
Three new reports from Public Health England ( https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2017/06/22/learning-more-about-w...) find that rates of...

Resource roundup

For the SEAL Community website we have uploaded ideas on how families can use One Page Profiles to help teachers get to know their new class, plus...
The Anti-Bullying Alliance has launched All Together, a free programme to reduce bullying in schools. Schools who sign up will be able to access: •...
Do you need to persuade anyone about the power of social and emotional learning? If so, try this helpful graphic.
The DfE have updated their guidance on bullying. The main guidance document is for: • school leaders • school staff • governing bodies There are...
Want to approach social and emotional skills through sport? The Premier League have free downloadable resources for primary schools, at https://...

New research

In this study fifty healthy teenagers , aged 14–17, completed a 3-week sleep manipulation involving a baseline week, followed by a sleep restriction...
This international study from the OECD looked at factors affecting teenagers’ wellbeing and life satisfaction. Students with high levels of life...
This research explores the effect of children's digital social networking on their subjective wellbeing. It used a large representative sample of 10-...
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...

Sharing practice

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...
At Urban prep Charter Academy in Chicago, the curriculum includes a daily social-emotional class, Pride. Each student is part of a small cohort that...
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-...

Practical tools

 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...
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...

Top resource

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...
We all want children to enjoy playtimes, benefiting from the physical and mental exercise and social interaction that effectively-run outdoor spaces...