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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

“In a world that places a growing premium on social skills, a lot more needs to be done to foster those skills far more systematically across the...
A new consultation from the DfE proposes that government will'incentivise and support all schools to identify and train a Designated Senior Lead for...
2017 saw two comprehensive reports making the case for social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools. The researchers behind one of the most widely...
A  new call for evidence, ending on 12 February, asks for views on how the content of Relationships education (primary) , Relationships and Sex...
The Pisa international education rankings are going to test a very different type of skill next year. The tests, which compare teenagers' ability in...

Resource roundup

he Skill Force Prince William Award is an award programme for children aged 6–14, which aims build their character, resilience and confidence to...
This is a beautifully animated short film about empathy, and how it is different from sympathy, for adults and older secondary students https://www....
Rise Above for Schools from Public Health England provides free PSHE resources that support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health...
Tools for measuring children’s wellbeing and resilience have been made available as a result of funding from the Big Lottery’s Headstart programme....
For the SEAL Community website we have uploaded ideas on how families can use One Page Profiles to help teachers get to know their new class, plus...

New research

Fewer than one in six schools have formal plans in place to build character in pupils, despite nearly £10 million being spent by the government to...
These two reports present findings from the Department for Education’s study of current mental health provision in schools and colleges. One is a...
Does bullying cause mental health problems? Or do perpetrators of bullying select as their victims those with pre-existing vulnerabilities to mental...
A study by Public Health England has found that the KiVa programme, which originated in Finland to support young people and counter the impacts of...
When 15-month-old children watched a grown-up try hard to solve a problem, they were twice as persistent at tackling a tricky puzzle themselves, a...

Sharing practice

Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has been doing something different when students misbehave. Instead of punishing disruptive students, the...
Clare Erasmus is head of mental health and wellbeing at the Magna Carta School in Surrey. Here she describes how the school put in place a whole-...
Through a complex web of schoolwide strategies and practices focused on social-emotional learning, Symonds Elementary provides students with a safe,...
Secondary schools might like to look at this five-minute film titled Can You Teach Character?The film, made by award-winning producers The Moment,...
In the US there is a network of schools (the EL Education network) which all use two parallel strategies to maximise students’ achievement. The first...

Practical tools

Have you heard of tootoot? It's a safeguarding app which allows students to safely report any worries and incidents of bullying, cyber bullying,...
This resource provides two simple, quick and ready to use tools to assess and profile individual pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the...
These really useful short scales from Julie Casey profile a child’s skills in the five SEAL aspects of learning. In the form of an Excel spreadsheet...
This is a standardised assessment (available from GL Assessment at http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/emotional-literacy-assessment-an... ),...
Bradford’s brilliant behaviour support team have designed pupil self-assessment booklets relating specifically to each SEAL primary theme. There is...

Top resource

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...
Helping Children with Feelings – nine guidebooks and nine accompanying stories (or buy each separately) By: Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong...