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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

  Charity 'Mind' has released findings from a survey of 12,244 pupils aged between 11 and 19 and 1,265 teachers across 17 schools in England and...
  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...

Resource roundup

This is an excellent presentation for children and young people about how to understand and deal with anxiety and stress caused by the coronavirus...
Here is a collection of lesson ideas and resources from the SEAL Community website that seem particularly useful during the pandemic. They cover...
Empathy and compassion have never been more needed. Empathy Lab are running the annual Empathy Day  on 9 June. Schools can access free...
Every teacher has to deal with students who totally ‘lose it’. Many of these children have experienced trauma from a variety of adverse childhood...
Working with your students on setting and reaching goals? Try teaching them the ‘Woop’ technique. Woop stands for ‘wish, outcome, obstacle, plan’. It...

New research

Pupils need to help shape the rules This study examined what motivates students to follow classroom rules, and whether these motivations were...
  A study published recently looks at the long-term effects of the INSIGHTS programme – a social-emotional learning intervention that supports...
  In a recent study, five middle school maths and science teachers whose classes had high rates of disruptive and off-task behaviours were given...
Researchers in the US have analysed follow-up data on over 2,000 children aged 12-17, to try to determine the short-term predictors of suicide...
This randomised controlled trial of the Tools of the Mind  SEL programme in Canada included 351 kindergarten children (mean age 5.2 years at...

Sharing practice

Surrey Square is a two-form entry primary school, serving an area that includes the Aylesbury estate in Southwark, London. 44% of pupils are eligible...
 John Donne Primary school in Southwark has been praised by Ofsted for the way it equips students with an impressive range of personal qualities...
The school playground can be a lonely place for a child if they haven't got anyone to play with. But buddy benches help pupils make friends and – as...
Wood Green secondary in Oxfordshire has a higher than average proportion of pupils on free school meals. At the time when a two-year wellbeing...
Andrew Moffat, Assistant Head Teacher at Parkfield primary in Birmingham, believes that schools should be delivering a curriculum that enables...

Practical tools

Whatever you are teaching, try to build the sense of belonging and connection that children may be missing when they are not in school.  You...
At the moment, these are probably the best lessons you can offer. We’re planning a weekly lesson on ‘Changes’ for a Y6 class ... dealing with the...
It comes from Winston’s Wish https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-schools-support-children-young-...    
First, have them use the comfort/growth/panic zone model, which gives students a way of articulating and understanding their levels of anxiety or...

Top resource

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