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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

The influential Education Endowment Foundation has developed new guidance which recommends that schools prioritise social and emotional learning to...
A national mental health programme in England to bridge gap between schools and colleges and NHS services has been announced. Pupils struggling with...
  Charity 'Mind' has released findings from a survey of 12,244 pupils aged between 11 and 19 and 1,265 teachers across 17 schools in England and...
  Schools in some parts of England will be contacted by inspectors and asked to explain how they support pupils with mental ill health under...
  Bereaved pupils are being let down by "patchy" or non-existent provision for them in schools, according to a new study by the University...

Resource roundup

The US Mindful Life Project have worked with students to develop mindful hip-hop, remixing popular songs into mindfulness lessons. Find them and lots...
The Reading Agency have released a collection of quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing....
The PSHE Association in England has launched an updated edition of its Programme of Study for PSHE education to support schools in integrating...
‘Working out Relationships?’ is a lesson pack that draw on findings from a research project at the University of Exeter on what helps long term...
We’ve uploaded a batch of new resources to the SEAL website:

New research

Pupils need to help shape the rules This study examined what motivates students to follow classroom rules, and whether these motivations were...
  A study published recently looks at the long-term effects of the INSIGHTS programme – a social-emotional learning intervention that supports...
  In a recent study, five middle school maths and science teachers whose classes had high rates of disruptive and off-task behaviours were given...
Researchers in the US have analysed follow-up data on over 2,000 children aged 12-17, to try to determine the short-term predictors of suicide...
This randomised controlled trial of the Tools of the Mind  SEL programme in Canada included 351 kindergarten children (mean age 5.2 years at...

Sharing practice

Andrew Moffat, Assistant Head Teacher at Parkfield primary in Birmingham, believes that schools should be delivering a curriculum that enables...
Teaching his 13 year old students to be compassionate to one another was already a priority in Justin Parmenter’s classroom – but when a pupil at a...
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...

Practical tools

Whatever you are teaching, try to build the sense of belonging and connection that children may be missing when they are not in school.  You...
At the moment, these are probably the best lessons you can offer. We’re planning a weekly lesson on ‘Changes’ for a Y6 class ... dealing with the...
It comes from Winston’s Wish https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-schools-support-children-young-...    
First, have them use the comfort/growth/panic zone model, which gives students a way of articulating and understanding their levels of anxiety or...
  This is a lovely strategy used by teacher Michael Dunlea to help ensure that students experience a sense of belonging in his classroom.

Top resource

Jenny Mosley has made her fabulous training available as online, remote learning. The package, which costs £135, includes
Last term the Education Endowment Foundation and Early Intervention Foundation published a guidance report, Improving Social and Emotional Learning...
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...