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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

  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...
  School break times have been getting shorter over the past two decades, as teachers try to pack more lessons into the day, a long-term study...
The annual Good Childhood Report, from The Children’s Society, provides a comprehensive study of children and young people's well-being. Here are...
Just before his departure to the back benches, England’s Education Secretary announced a relaunch of the Character Awards, which highlight innovative...

Resource roundup

  Early Years and KS1 educators - have a look at Kindness in the Classroom, a video series designed to make the Centre for Healthy Minds...
New uploads We've lots of new uploads to SEAL Community members’ resources to report – the product of some summer browsing. For EYFS and KS1 ‘...
Common Sense Media has published an
MindUp MindUP, created by the Goldie Hawn Foundation, is a program for children ages three to fourteen.  It provides easy to use plans for 15...
Online hate speech is a growing problem. SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) is a two-year project co-funded by the European...

New research

This study surveyed hundreds of teachers and administrators in the US and found that an overwhelming majority believed in, and used, attendance...
This study looked at the association between bullying behaviour, self-cutting and pupils’ perceptions of school safety - whether teachers care about...
Sharing is one of the most important expressions of prosocial behaviour and is linked to emotional well-being. Researchers wanted to know how this...
Engage in Education provided small group and one-to-one support for pupils in Years 9 and 10 who were at high risk of exclusion. The programme, which...
This study looked at how to support students at transition to US middle schools (at age 12) – a time when they can struggle to find social and...

Sharing practice

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...
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...

Practical tools

  This is a lovely strategy used by teacher Michael Dunlea to help ensure that students experience a sense of belonging in his classroom.
 Here's some good step by step guidance from www.mindfulnessinschools.org Step 1 – take part in an online .begin taster these free sessions last...
Why not use  the register? Rather than 'Yes Miss' 35 times use this as an opportunity for pupils to say how things are for them. For example,...
Teach the THINK process to help students recognize responsible social media use before posting an unkind or untrue remark about a person because you...
Here’s one to support work New Year’s resolutions, or to squirrel away for next December. A school in Clonakilty in Ireland ditched traditional...

Top resource

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...