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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

A survey by Young Minds found that 61% of young people with pre-existing mental health needs felt their mental health initially declined since...
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...

Resource roundup

Gwent local authority has released a video exploring what a whole-school approach looks like from the perspective of pupils and parents. The themes...
We absolutely love these free resources from the Tower Hamlets Oracy Hub, as they combine our passions for oracy and social and emotional learning....
Teenage mental health charity stem4, have launched Head Ed -  nine, hour-long modules for use across Key Stages 3 and 4, covering topics such as...
This is a free-to-download lesson from the FASTN charity. The pack includes teacher guidance, a lesson plan, worksheets and slides. Using the...

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

Billesley Primary in Birmingham is part of the Education Endowment Foundation’s Research Schools network and has recently described its work on...
June O'Sullivan, chief executive of London Early Years Foundation, describes how settings developed their work on kindness in a lovely blog which...
At Ysgol Bae Baglan School in Wales, Year 2 students were challenged by their teacher to choose a word and make a video explaining what it means and...
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....

Practical tools

Teach children that stress and trauma can trigger a response in the amygdala, the part of the brain that sends the body into fight, flight, or freeze...
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...

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...