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Social and emotional learning helps children and young people to:

‘… learn how to communicate their feelings, set themselves goals and work towards them, interact successfully with others, resolve conflicts peaceably, control their anger and negotiate their way through the many complex relationships in their lives today and tomorrow’.

This kind of learning underpins positive behaviour and attitudes to learning, personal development and mental health and wellbeing. It is at the heart of PSHE, relationships and health education. Research shows it also helps raise attainment.

Social and emotional learning is attracting increasing attention in schools. On this website you will find age-related teaching resources and whole school frameworks to support your work. Many of them come from the national ‘social and emotional Learning’ (SEAL) initiative.

By registering with us (which is free, quick and easy), you can immediately find and download all of the national SEAL curriculum materials and teacher guidance. There’s a progression in learning objectives that can be used in any school, and training materials if you want to introduce or refresh a whole-school SEAL approach. Click on National Resources on the top bar, then click the Getting Started with SEAL tab.

If you would like regularly updated resources and a termly newsletter, you can join our SEAL Community. Set up and supported by leading experts in the field, the SEAL Community is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote and develop SEAL through sharing news, practice, resources and expertise. Joining costs £30 for individuals, £75 for schools/settings and £100 for local authorities or other multi-school organisations Join online here

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News update

 The OECD’s programme for international student assessment (Pisa), which quizzes 15-year-olds on reading, maths, science and a range of...
The DfE have with little fanfare published new non-statutory guidance for schools in England on how to develop pupils' character. The document is...
Friendship, school and a good night’s sleep have all been named as key factors in a young person’s happiness, in the government’s first ever State of...
The influential Education Endowment Foundation has developed new guidance which recommends that schools prioritise social and emotional learning to...
A national mental health programme in England to bridge gap between schools and colleges and NHS services has been announced. Pupils struggling with...

Resource roundup

We’ve uploaded a batch of new resources to the SEAL website:
‘For when you’re not feeling great about something, or someone, or about yourself, here are some things you can do to feel a bit better.’ We really...
This has around 250 detailed lesson plans (all with PowerPoints, handouts and resources) for YR through to Y6. Every one has an opening mindfulness...
Have you discovered Go Noodle www.GoNoodle.com ? It has lots of free energising wellbeing activities in short films, some helpful for social and...
This is a very useful film for teenage girls, made by teenage girls, about making a self-soothe box to help with anxiety https://www.youtube.com/...

New research

A report by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) finds that despite services “rapidly mobilising” to provide online interventions to replace...
 If you work with teenagers, or have one at home ... you must read thishttps://www.edutopia.org/article/decoding-teenage-brain-3-charts?...
One of the most popular theories in education was put to the test last year when a large meta-analysis found that growth mindset interventions had “...
  Reading can promote empathy and perspective taking.... but not all books have this effect. We’ve recently come across some rather old (2013)...

Sharing practice

At Goldfield Infants’ and Nursery School staff created a slogan ‘we stand together even though we are apart’ and planned a display featuring members...
At Northampton Academy secondary school staff have developed a whole home-learning programme on character development. They developed a theme, ‘...
Dean Close is a co-educational independent school in Cheltenham, taking children aged two to eighteen. Sarah Davies is its Head of PSHE and wellbeing...
At Woldingham School in Surrey senior teacher Gail Haythorne has developed a whole school approach to building persistence and resilience. Inspired...
A core part of SEAL is creating the conditions that enable all children to feel that they belong and are welcomed in their class and school. Watch...

Practical tools

When children return to school after staying at home for many months, they will bring with them accumulated baggage of anxiety, frustration, low...
1. Secure your own safety belt first. Put self-care at the top of your list – take time for a  mindfulness meditation 2. Prioritise...
1. Make explicit that unexpected endings and transitions are difficult, and that it is normal to feel unsettled or upset.   2. If you have...
Read this helpful blog from Mary Meredith   https://marymered.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/five-ways-to-help-children-he...
Read about the mental approach you need to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the challenge for teachers: Teaching through a pandemic – a mindset for the...

Top resource

Last term the Education Endowment Foundation and Early Intervention Foundation published a guidance report, Improving Social and Emotional Learning...
Kind- A Book About Kindness By Alison Green Imagine a world where everyone is kind. How can we make that come true? This is a book which from start...
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...