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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

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,...
The Welsh government have published draft guidance on embedding a whole-school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing . The consultation...
The Department for Education in England have announced a ‘Wellbeing for Education Return’ programme, an £8m nationally developed training programme...
A survey  carried out by the University of Oxford suggests that primary children have experienced an increase in emotional difficulties since...
New online resources designed by health and education experts will be provided to schools and colleges to boost mental health support for staff and...

Resource roundup

This is a powerful film made by 10 year olds in the US, who were invited to write poems about lies they had heard about themselves. You might want to...
We liked this free podcast from the PSHE Association, in which Nick Boddington talks about how to use story to explore social and emotional issues...
Public Health England have some useful films on mental health  for  secondary-age on their Every Mind Matters website – celebs talking...
As part of its No Room for Racism campaign the Premier League have launched new diversity and inclusion resources.  Find them at https://...
The amount of advice and guidance for schools on COVID and mental health can feel overwhelming. But we recommend this manageable tool for school...

New research

This report evaluates the delivery of pilots, which tested peer support for mental health and wellbeing in schools, colleges and children and young...
A report by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) finds that despite services “rapidly mobilising” to provide online interventions to replace...
 If you work with teenagers, or have one at home ... you must read thishttps://www.edutopia.org/article/decoding-teenage-brain-3-charts?...
One of the most popular theories in education was put to the test last year when a large meta-analysis found that growth mindset interventions had “...

Sharing practice

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...
Dean Close is a co-educational independent school in Cheltenham, taking children aged two to eighteen. Sarah Davies is its Head of PSHE and wellbeing...
At Woldingham School in Surrey senior teacher Gail Haythorne has developed a whole school approach to building persistence and resilience. Inspired...
A core part of SEAL is creating the conditions that enable all children to feel that they belong and are welcomed in their class and school. Watch...

Practical tools

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...
1. Make explicit that unexpected endings and transitions are difficult, and that it is normal to feel unsettled or upset.   2. If you have...
Read this helpful blog from Mary Meredith   https://marymered.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/five-ways-to-help-children-he...
Read about the mental approach you need to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the challenge for teachers: Teaching through a pandemic – a mindset for the...

Top resource

This new resource is invaluable in my reception class – there are stories for every occasion which really engage the children and they love the...