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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.

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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

Save the date! Anti-Bullying Week this year is happening from Monday 12th – Friday 16th November and has the theme ‘Choose Respect’. It will again...
A significant cut in the number of hours schools teach PE and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) at school has raised concerns about pupils...
New-ish education secretary Damian Hinds has set out his priorities for the education system. And yes, “character, resilience and well-being” is...
The government confirmed in July that it will be compulsory for all schools to teach the health and relationships aspects of PSHE education from...
Following a review of sex education by the Welsh government it was announced in May that relationship and sexuality education (RSE) is to be...

Resource roundup

Before violence comes anger, and anger is caused by specific chemicals beginning to be released in the brain. It takes around 90 seconds for these...
Films for staff Check out this great series of films about developing SEL in the primary classroom.  Once you get over the Americanisms you’...
 Anti-bullying week approaches, so we’ve uploaded a collection of resources to help children understand and respect difference.
YoungMinds has been working with the Beano to create Mandi, a new character specifically created to engage children with mental health.
This resource from the Nurture Group network provides tried and tested tools, strategies and ideas for exploring loss with children and young...

New research

Psychologists first became interested in imaginary friends in the early 19th century because they feared they could be a sign of psychological...
This study tested whether pretend play has an impact on social and emotional development. 4‐year‐old disadvantaged children were randomised to...
    This study tested tested whether a novel single-session intervention teaching growth mindset of personality (the belief that...
A small-scale study by Clayton Cook and colleagues, published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, investigated the impact of a...
1. The first study evaluated the US Whole School Restorative Justice Program (WSRJ), which uses multi-level strategies to provide an alternative...

Sharing practice

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...
Each year, staff at Exminster Primary run a series of five weekly Family SEAL sessions for new Reception class parents. Each one takes the format of...

Practical tools

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...
 Try this one-minute ‘Train track’ mindfulness exercise with your class. Tell the children this exercise helps to reduce stress. Ask them to sit...
The Childhood Bereavement Network (NCB) has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful to children and families affected or distressed by...

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...