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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

Ofsted are consulting on a new inspection framework which plans to scrap the current personal development, behaviour and welfare judgement and...
The Department for Education and Department of Health have named the “trailblazer” areas for the new teams, which will work with around 8,000...
The government said hopes schools and other bodies will use the "state of the nation" report to inform their policies and management of children's...
A review of the impact that excessive social media can have on children's mental health is to be conducted, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has...
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...

Resource roundup

We came across this Happiness Line Measure (HLM) and really liked it. It’s easy to use and provides rich quantitative and qualitative information...
Over the past ten years studies have charted a steady rise in how unhappy children between the ages of 10 and 17 are with their social relationships...
https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars
We’ve previously featured and admired the free Kindness Curriculum resources for all age groups. Now there’s an update that addresses the adults’ own...
This useful booklet from the Anna Freud Centre has lots of ideas and case studies. Find it at http://sealcommunity.org/member-resource/staff-...

New research

While many studies show positive effects of cooperative learning on pupil achievement, a recent study examined the effects of cooperative learning on...
People who talk a lot about themselves are not narcissists as one might expect. Instead, those who say 'I' and 'me' a lot may be prone to...
A space-exploring robot crashes on a distant planet. In order to gather the pieces of its damaged space ship, it needs to build emotional rapport...
This useful article reviews the overall evidence for the impact of SEL programmes in the pre-school years. It then reviews four US programmes in...
This useful article summarises results from four large-scale meta-analyses (i.e., analyses of hundreds of experimental and comparison group studies)...

Sharing practice

Jon Biddle is a year 6 teacher at Moorlands primary academy in Norfolk. Here he writes about the school’s work with EmpathyLab.
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...

Practical tools

With Brexit looming and a polarisation of views, here are some ideas on how to teach children to have productive disagreements. Brooke Deterline is...
In recent newsletters we’ve featured ideas on how to help children learn to regulate their attention and emotions - self-regulation. But how can...
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...

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...