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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

  Schools in some parts of England will be contacted by inspectors and asked to explain how they support pupils with mental ill health under...
  Bereaved pupils are being let down by "patchy" or non-existent provision for them in schools, according to a new study by the University...
  School break times have been getting shorter over the past two decades, as teachers try to pack more lessons into the day, a long-term study...
The annual Good Childhood Report, from The Children’s Society, provides a comprehensive study of children and young people's well-being. Here are...
Just before his departure to the back benches, England’s Education Secretary announced a relaunch of the Character Awards, which highlight innovative...

Resource roundup

Bouncebackability lessons and animations Young Minds have partnered with the Beano to create 12 easy step-by-step lesson plans for KS1 and KS2 on...
Explore areas ranging from resilience and teamwork to diversity and inclusion with the updated Premier League Primary Stars PSHE education...
Boost staff wellbeing by using the Random Acts of Kindness workplace kindness calendar. There are ideas for every single day of the month as well as...
The PSHE Association has been working with the Home Office to create new and improved #knifefree PSHE education lesson plans.  This latest...
We’ve uploaded new Rise Above resources for work on coping with change and transition, at http://sealcommunity.org/resources/resources-lessons-change...

New research

This randomized controlled study included 4th and 5th graders (age 10-11) from four classrooms. The researchers found that students who received the...
More evidence for mindfulness Mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) are an increasingly popular way of attempting to improve the behavioural,...
Test anxiety can have negative impacts on pupils’ performance and psychological health. This study published in PLoS  One examined...
The MindOut programme is a social-emotional learning programme, developed in Ireland, and based on five core competencies for social-emotional...
This massive systematic review looked at 33 randomised controlled trials and found that the cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) programme Coping and...

Sharing practice

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.
Prince Bishops Primary is a one form entry school County Durham. It is also a National Teaching School, providing training and inspiration to others...
At Tapton School in Sheffield staff were very aware of increasing mental health needs amongst students, and of the strong correlation between exam...

Practical tools

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...
In previous newsletters we’ve featured the exciting Zones of Regulation approach. Follow this link http://sealcommunity.org/member-resource/zones-...

Top 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...
This new resource is invaluable in my reception class – there are stories for every occasion which really engage the children and they love the...