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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

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...
Thirteen to fourteen-year-olds were less anxious during lockdown than they had been last October, according to a University of Bristol survey of 1,...

Resource roundup

Use this nice vlog from behaviour expert Adele Bates to convince colleagues of the benefits of using emotional check-ins. Secondary teachers will...
This is a video about how to take care of your mental health, be productive and keep yourself motivated while under lockdown. It is aimed at KS3 but...
We were going to upload new resources on setting goals, ambition, bouncing back after failure etc for the new year … but because of the way COVID is...
This is a good one to help staff cope with difficult behaviour. When someone’s behaviour is getting you down, remember ….
And remember the saying … ‘you can’t pour from an empty jug.’ Author and speaker Adele Bates has these tips to help teachers manage stress. She...

New research

Learning Together is a school-based intervention grounded in schoolwide policies and systems, restorative practices, and social and emotional...
Anxiety and learning go hand in hand, but research suggests that simple activities focused on self-talk and metacognitive reflection can create...
Wings for Kids is an after-school programme involving college volunteers working with small groups of 10 to 12 students. A randomized controlled...
The Good Behaviour Game (GBG) is a school intervention that provides team rewards for positive behaviours. Many US studies have found significant...
A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology examined whether prosocial behaviours are rewarding for young children.

Sharing practice

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....
At Northampton Academy secondary school staff have developed a whole home-learning programme on character development. They developed a theme, ‘...
At Goldfield Infants’ and Nursery School staff created a slogan ‘we stand together even though we are apart’ and planned a display featuring members...

Practical tools

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...
When children return to school after staying at home for many months, they will bring with them accumulated baggage of anxiety, frustration, low...
1. Secure your own safety belt first. Put self-care at the top of your list – take time for a  mindfulness meditation 2. Prioritise...

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...