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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 new report from the World Economic Forum looks at the employment, skills and workforce strategy for the future.Five years from now, over one-third...
Almost a third of 14-year-olds have shoved, hit, slapped or punched someone, according to new research. In addition, 1 per cent said they had...
A new report from the Early Intervention Foundation explores the extent to which young children at risk of gang involvement or youth violence are...
The EEF's latest annual report says that it expects to grow its focus on social and emotional skills – or 'character' education.The report states: "...
 In his first public speech since taking up the post of education secretary,Damian Hinds said schools needed a mix of traditional academic...

Resource roundup

Check out the Mentally Healthy Schools website, which brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools...
With Going for Goals/Keep on Learning themes in mind, we’ve uploaded new films and lesson ideas to the SEAL website. Going up in age from early...
If so we think you will like these 24 new, free social and emotional learning lesson plans. The resource is called ‘A Mindfulness-based Kindness...
Sesame Street have launched a resource portal focused on helping children from birth to age six deal with difficulties and challenge. The online...
This animated film for upper primary, co-created by teachers and children for the Anna Freud Centre, helps children talk about mental health and...

New research

Findings of this study showed that after controlling for the effects of poverty and other possible explanatory factors for every one-point increase...
Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, which previously have shown immediate improvements in mental health, social skills, and academic...
This study presents new evidence that SEL saves money – and lives. It reports on a benefit-cost analysis of a school-based social and emotional...
Demos also mapped the behaviour and decision-making of young people online, finding that 26 per cent of the 16-18 year olds surveyed say they have ‘...
A study by the think-tank Demos has found a strong relationship between social and emotional skills and online behaviour. Young people who admit to...

Sharing practice

Instow Community Primary and Pre-school in North Devon serves a mixed community, with rural and coastal deprivation. It has developed its own novel...
This one is a video case study. If you’d like to see what a genuinely whole-school approach to social and emotional learning looks like, watch https...
School 21 is an all-through primary and secondary school in a disadvantaged area in East London. It is best known for its focus on speaking and...
At Urban prep Charter Academy in Chicago, the curriculum includes a daily social-emotional class, Pride. Each student is part of a small cohort that...
Every Monday morning at Haytor View Community Primary School in Devon starts with an assembly on one of the SEAL themes. Children then go to their...

Practical tools

Here are some nice ways of teaching relaxation that we came across. First, get younger children to practise ‘hot chocolate breathing’. Pretend to...
After teaching children relaxation techniques, give each a small ‘go-to’ box in which they keep objects to help them if they feel angry, upset or...
We liked this way of supporting pupils who find it really hard to communicate what they are feeling and manage strong emotions. Staff at a special...
If you are working with children on setting and reaching goals, you need to know about ‘mental contrasting’. Here’s how to do it. Get children to :...
Schools in England are required to actively promote fundamental British values to their pupils, both in lessons and in extracurricular activities....

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...