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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

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....
Ofsted are consulting on a new inspection framework which plans to scrap the current personal development, behaviour and welfare judgement and...

Resource roundup

We came across this Happiness Line Measure (HLM) and really liked it. It’s easy to use and provides rich quantitative and qualitative information...
Over the past ten years studies have charted a steady rise in how unhappy children between the ages of 10 and 17 are with their social relationships...
https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars
We’ve previously featured and admired the free Kindness Curriculum resources for all age groups. Now there’s an update that addresses the adults’ own...
This useful booklet from the Anna Freud Centre has lots of ideas and case studies. Find it at http://sealcommunity.org/member-resource/staff-...

New research

While many studies show positive effects of cooperative learning on pupil achievement, a recent study examined the effects of cooperative learning on...
People who talk a lot about themselves are not narcissists as one might expect. Instead, those who say 'I' and 'me' a lot may be prone to...
A space-exploring robot crashes on a distant planet. In order to gather the pieces of its damaged space ship, it needs to build emotional rapport...
This useful article reviews the overall evidence for the impact of SEL programmes in the pre-school years. It then reviews four US programmes in...
This useful article summarises results from four large-scale meta-analyses (i.e., analyses of hundreds of experimental and comparison group studies)...

Sharing practice

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...
Exclusions are on the up in UK schools, and in England the government have asked former minister Edward Timpson to investigate the reason. So it’s...
Magna Carta secondary school in Surrey has a comprehensive approach to mental health and wellbeing. Clare Erasmus was appointed director of mental...

Practical tools

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-...
This idea from Mia Casey is a great way of supporting children who need help with managing strong feelings. Take photos of the child showing...
This blog post from Vicki Zakrzewski has some good tips for ways that social-emotional learning can be integrated into traditional lessons. ‘Schools...

Top resource

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...