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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

A comprehensive survey of school staff carried out by the Anna Freud Centre found that
Today’s job market requires interpersonal skills, rather than the manual ones more traditionally at the heart of most vocational courses, a major...
All children in England will be taught how to look after their mental health and recognise when classmates may be struggling, the education secretary...
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....

Resource roundup

We’ve uploaded new Rise Above resources for work on coping with change and transition, at http://sealcommunity.org/resources/resources-lessons-change...
It feels like never before have we so much needed to educate our children to be global citizens. There are fabulous lesson plans and PowerPoints here...
If you are working on the theme of change this term, why not focus on the experiences of refugees and migrants? We’ve uploaded a collection of lesson...
DfE statutory guidance for relationships and health education (primary) and sex, relationships and health education (secondary) is due to come into...
Wellbeing Measurement for Schools is an approach that supports primary and secondary schools to understand particular strengths and challenges for...

New research

This very interesting US study found significant effects on social and emotional skills of young children – just by talking about feelings.  ...
This study surveyed 750 teachers in Greece, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom to investigate how they treat social and emotional education (SEE)...
This nation-wide study covering more than 900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher...
Current mental health provision for children is based on estimates of one in ten children experiencing mental health problems. This study analyses a...
Research by Oxford University academics has found little evidence of a relationship between screen time and wellbeing in adolescents. Based on data...

Sharing practice

 John Donne Pirmary school in Southwark has been praised by Ofsted for the way it equips students with an impressive range of personal qualities...
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...

Practical tools

Why not ... invite parents to your assemblies about mental health. One school used the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story to explore coping strategies...
We liked these ideas for teaching self-regulation – especially the upstairs brain and the downstairs brain!  https://www.heysigmund.com/how-to-...
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...

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...