Engage with successful Seal practioners through our online community and share your resources.

Engage with Seal experts and network with the most succesful people in the Seal community

Gain up-to-date critical information about Seal practice through our news service, email alerts and newsletters.

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.

Join us

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

Download sample newsletter

News update

Children as young as three are being referred by nurseries and schools for professional support with their mental health, the NSPCC has learned. And...
A study , based on 2018 national data from PASS surveys (Pupil Attitudes to Self and School ) – the largest of its kind in the UK, involving more...
A YouGov poll for the Diana Award questioned 1,003 secondary-age children, and found that 46% said they were worried about going back to school after...
The 2018 national survey from the Office for National Statistics reports both good and bad news on children’s wellbeing • The proportion of children...
Around one in five children and young people in the UK may experience emotional and behavioural problems according to the first findings from a...

Resource roundup

These six stories have been written to help 9 – 13 year olds deal with some of the issues they face, such as test anxiety, loss and transition, so...
The Home Office and PSHE Association have updated these free resources to support the government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign. The campaign, and...
The DfE have published qualitative research to understand anti-bullying practices schools have found effective. These include approaches to...
This moving film about name calling and bullying from HumanUtopia is a great resource for anti-bullying work in secondary schools.https://www.youtube...
This free pack for 9-16 year olds includes three lessons to support transition and changing friendships at key stage 2 and six lessons exploring...

New research

Prior research has indicated that an individual adolescent’s behaviour is influenced by the behaviour of his or her classmates. But while most...
Sometimes interventions don’t travel well. A run of UK evaluations of SEL programmes has failed to replicate the considerable evidence of impact from...
A meta-analysis published in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry aims to establish the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for...
Group Mindfulness Therapy (GMT) is a program tailored for adolescents that targets anxiety with mindfulness skills including present moment awareness...
Empathy has two parts: the ability to recognize another person’s thoughts and feelings, and the ability to respond with an appropriate emotion to...

Sharing practice

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...
School 21 is an all-through primary and secondary school in a disadvantaged area in East London. It is best known for its focus on speaking and...
At Urban prep Charter Academy in Chicago, the curriculum includes a daily social-emotional class, Pride. Each student is part of a small cohort that...
Every Monday morning at Haytor View Community Primary School in Devon starts with an assembly on one of the SEAL themes. Children then go to their...

Practical tools

Here are some nice ways of teaching relaxation that we came across. First, get younger children to practise ‘hot chocolate breathing’. Pretend to...
After teaching children relaxation techniques, give each a small ‘go-to’ box in which they keep objects to help them if they feel angry, upset or...
We liked this way of supporting pupils who find it really hard to communicate what they are feeling and manage strong emotions. Staff at a special...
If you are working with children on setting and reaching goals, you need to know about ‘mental contrasting’. Here’s how to do it. Get children to :...
Schools in England are required to actively promote fundamental British values to their pupils, both in lessons and in extracurricular activities....

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...