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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

The DfE have recognised that COVID19 may make it difficult for schools to be ready to introduce statutory RSE from September and have issued guidance...
Charities The Mix, Young Minds and Shout 85258 have each reported a huge spike in demand for counselling services and mental health support since...
 The OECD’s programme for international student assessment (Pisa), which quizzes 15-year-olds on reading, maths, science and a range of...
The DfE have with little fanfare published new non-statutory guidance for schools in England on how to develop pupils' character. The document is...
Friendship, school and a good night’s sleep have all been named as key factors in a young person’s happiness, in the government’s first ever State of...

Resource roundup

You will really like these! Class DoJo have partnered with Yale, Stanford, and Harvard universities to create very useful primary videos, discussion...
This is a lovely film to help children in early years /KS1 understand and cope with loss and bereavement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks2DOoZtZ4A...
The DfE in England have launched modules for primary and secondary schools to use to train staff about teaching mental wellbeing. This training...
Children’s relationships in school are very important to their mental health – and sometimes friendship problems are hidden. An easy way of checking...
All of these are available for Android and iOS through the app stores, free of charge. Forest is an anti-procrastination app - the longer spent...

New research

A report by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) finds that despite services “rapidly mobilising” to provide online interventions to replace...
 If you work with teenagers, or have one at home ... you must read thishttps://www.edutopia.org/article/decoding-teenage-brain-3-charts?...
One of the most popular theories in education was put to the test last year when a large meta-analysis found that growth mindset interventions had “...
  Reading can promote empathy and perspective taking.... but not all books have this effect. We’ve recently come across some rather old (2013)...

Sharing practice

A core part of SEAL is creating the conditions that enable all children to feel that they belong and are welcomed in their class and school. Watch...
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...

Practical tools

1. Secure your own safety belt first. Put self-care at the top of your list – take time for a  mindfulness meditation 2. Prioritise...
1. Make explicit that unexpected endings and transitions are difficult, and that it is normal to feel unsettled or upset.   2. If you have...
Read this helpful blog from Mary Meredith   https://marymered.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/five-ways-to-help-children-he...
Read about the mental approach you need to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the challenge for teachers: Teaching through a pandemic – a mindset for the...

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...