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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

Just before his departure to the back benches, England’s Education Secretary announced a relaunch of the Character Awards, which highlight innovative...
The new curriculum will be mandatory from September 2020. Schools are encouraged to adopt  it early , from September 2019.Find the guidance...
The Great Get Together is one of the UK's largest community events.  It provides a brilliant reason to do something in your school to encourage...
Education Secretary Damien Hinds has renewed his commitment to character education. “It’s a good time of year to remind pupils that in in 10 years’...
They can include low self-esteem and a lack of emotional security in school, as well as a mistrust of adults. Florence Ruby, head of research...

Resource roundup

The PSHE Association has been working with the Home Office to create new and improved #knifefree PSHE education lesson plans.  This latest...
We’ve uploaded new Rise Above resources for work on coping with change and transition, at http://sealcommunity.org/resources/resources-lessons-change...
It feels like never before have we so much needed to educate our children to be global citizens. There are fabulous lesson plans and PowerPoints here...
If you are working on the theme of change this term, why not focus on the experiences of refugees and migrants? We’ve uploaded a collection of lesson...
DfE statutory guidance for relationships and health education (primary) and sex, relationships and health education (secondary) is due to come into...

New research

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...
This randomized controlled study included 4th and 5th graders (age 10-11) from four classrooms. The researchers found that students who received the...

Sharing practice

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...
Magna Carta secondary school in Surrey has a comprehensive approach to mental health and wellbeing. Clare Erasmus was appointed director of mental...
Each year, staff at Exminster Primary run a series of five weekly Family SEAL sessions for new Reception class parents. Each one takes the format of...

Practical tools

Why not ... invite parents to your assemblies about mental health. One school used the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story to explore coping strategies...
We liked these ideas for teaching self-regulation – especially the upstairs brain and the downstairs brain!  https://www.heysigmund.com/how-to-...
Staff as well as pupil wellbeing is the theme of a ‘sharing practice’ case study in this newsletter. Here are some more tips. Use SEAL ideas with...
At Kings Road Primary in Manchester there is an emoticon board in every classroom, on which sit five emojis. Each pupil has a label with their name...
When studying a book, play or historical event use empathy map tools to help students to think about how others would act, think/believe and feel in...

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...