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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

Fewer than half of English state schools are offering counselling for pupils on site in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown, research from IPPR...
The Children’s Society’s annual Good Childhood Report has found there has been a continued decrease in average happiness with life for 10-15 year...
The European Union has published ‘LifeComp’, a European conceptual framework to establish a shared understanding on the “personal, social and...
Ed Baines and Peter Blatchford of the UCL Institute of Education led the BaSiS (Breaktime and Social Life in Schools) study, collecting data about...
Thirteen to fourteen-year-olds were less anxious during lockdown than they had been last October, according to a University of Bristol survey of 1,...

Resource roundup

We liked this free podcast from the PSHE Association, in which Nick Boddington talks about how to use story to explore social and emotional issues...
Public Health England have some useful films on mental health  for  secondary-age on their Every Mind Matters website – celebs talking...
As part of its No Room for Racism campaign the Premier League have launched new diversity and inclusion resources.  Find them at https://...
The amount of advice and guidance for schools on COVID and mental health can feel overwhelming. But we recommend this manageable tool for school...
We’ve uploaded a batch of new resources to the SEAL website.  For primary we have two resources from Partnership for Children to help children...

New research

Restorative Justice (RJ, also called Restorative Practices) is a school-based intervention that promotes less punitive and exclusionary practices and...
This review looked at 63 studies reporting on the impact of social isolation and loneliness on the mental health of previously healthy children and...
Teaching children to see others’ perspective best solution to prejudice and discrimination
This large study of more than 150,000 students in all 133 of Chicago’s public high schools found that schools that build social-emotional qualities...
Dana Murano and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis to summarise the effects of social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions on the development...

Sharing practice

At Crab Lane Primary School in Manchester, Year 2 read Anthony Browne’s Silly Billy picture book then created their own lolly-stick puppet Worry...
We are hearing that most children are excited to be back and just want to get on and move forward. So our top tips are about hope and positivity: 1....
At Northampton Academy secondary school staff have developed a whole home-learning programme on character development. They developed a theme, ‘...
At Goldfield Infants’ and Nursery School staff created a slogan ‘we stand together even though we are apart’ and planned a display featuring members...
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...

Practical tools

Share with parents and staff this eight minute film, in which clinical psychologist Dr Jess Richardson makes straightforward suggestions for...
We’ve previously featured Yale University’s RULER mood meter. It shows how all emotions can be placed somewhere on two dimensions – high/low...
SEAL suggests that every year you work out a classroom charter with a new class or tutor group, which sets out how people will behave towards...
We came across an article by Andrew Hampton, headteacher of Thorpe Hall School in Essex. He described what sounds like a very effective approach to...
When children return to school after staying at home for many months, they will bring with them accumulated baggage of anxiety, frustration, low...

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...