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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

They can include low self-esteem and a lack of emotional security in school, as well as a mistrust of adults. Florence Ruby, head of research...
A comprehensive survey of school staff carried out by the Anna Freud Centre found that
Today’s job market requires interpersonal skills, rather than the manual ones more traditionally at the heart of most vocational courses, a major...
All children in England will be taught how to look after their mental health and recognise when classmates may be struggling, the education secretary...
Damian Hinds, the education secretary, has set out his “five foundations” for character education – sport, creativity, performing, volunteering and...

Resource roundup

It feels like never before have we so much needed to educate our children to be global citizens. There are fabulous lesson plans and PowerPoints here...
If you are working on the theme of change this term, why not focus on the experiences of refugees and migrants? We’ve uploaded a collection of lesson...
DfE statutory guidance for relationships and health education (primary) and sex, relationships and health education (secondary) is due to come into...
Wellbeing Measurement for Schools is an approach that supports primary and secondary schools to understand particular strengths and challenges for...
We came across this Happiness Line Measure (HLM) and really liked it. It’s easy to use and provides rich quantitative and qualitative information...

New research

This very interesting US study found significant effects on social and emotional skills of young children – just by talking about feelings.  ...
This study surveyed 750 teachers in Greece, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom to investigate how they treat social and emotional education (SEE)...
This nation-wide study covering more than 900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher...
Current mental health provision for children is based on estimates of one in ten children experiencing mental health problems. This study analyses a...
Research by Oxford University academics has found little evidence of a relationship between screen time and wellbeing in adolescents. Based on data...

Sharing practice

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...
Instow Community Primary and Pre-school in North Devon serves a mixed community, with rural and coastal deprivation. It has developed its own novel...
This one is a video case study. If you’d like to see what a genuinely whole-school approach to social and emotional learning looks like, watch https...

Practical tools

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...
Here are some nice ways of teaching relaxation that we came across. First, get younger children to practise ‘hot chocolate breathing’. Pretend to...

Top resource

Kind- A Book About Kindness By Alison Green Imagine a world where everyone is kind. How can we make that come true? This is a book which from start...
Expandaball This expanding ball is great for teaching mindful breathing. Pass the ball round and tell the children to breathe in while slowly...
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...