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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

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News update

The Department for Education (DfE) has invited bidders for multimillion-pound contracts to offer mental health training in 100 English primary...
Research among 700 children aged 10 and 11 for the mental-health charity Place2Be suggests almost two-thirds worry "all the time" about at least one...
More evidence has emerged of schools struggling to provide mental health support for students, with more than half of school leaders saying they...
Sex and relationships education is to be made compulsory in all schools in England, the government has announced. All children from the age of four...
A new report from the British Humanist Association details the results of an analysis of school inspections conducted during the 2015/2016 academic...

Resource roundup

For the SEAL Community website we have uploaded some fantastic secondary tutor group resources from charities BOND and Young Minds, which build...
The How I Feel About My School (HIFAMS questionnaire) has been designed to measure the happiness and subjective well-being of children in school. The...
We all know that whatever gets measured usually gets attention and focus. Right now, there is no widespread, practical way for all schools to assess...
BBC Learning and Young Minds have launched The Mind Set, the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE students. The Mind Set...
Childline has launched an app that provides counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices. ’For Me' was created...

New research

Penny. A. (2016) Parentally bereaved children communicating their feelings: preliminary analysis of data from the Millennium Cohort Study. London:...
Hatfield, B.E. & Williford, A.P (2017) Cortisol Patterns for Young Children Displaying Disruptive Behavior: Links to a Teacher-Child,...
Fuligni, A. et al (2017) Adolescent Sleep Duration, Variability, and Peak Levels of Achievement and Mental Health. Child Dev. doi:10.1111/cdev.12729...
Palminteri, S. et al (2016) The Computational Development of Reinforcement Learning during Adolescence http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004953
Greenberg, M. et al (2016) Teacher Stress and Health : Effects on Teachers, Students, and Schools .Pennsylvania State University and Robert Wood...

Sharing practice

Films are great for SEAL lessons and assemblies, so here we highlight especially good ones and linked learning resources. We’re sure you’ve seen the...
The Harbour is a Special School and Pupil Referral Unit on five different sites in Portsmouth, three providing for students with behaviour...
At the Torfaen PRU, staff regard their role in developing students’ social and emotional capacities as pivotal, as their behaviour and learning...
This case study comes from a Healthy Schools Toolkit. It illustrates how one school used home-grown SEAL surveys to identify issues that needed to be...
Smithy Bridge Primary School used the Stirling Wellbeing Scale, which was adapted for Rochdale pupils, to measuring wellbeing in Year 6 students. The...

Practical tools

This is a standardised assessment (available from GL Assessment at http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/emotional-literacy-assessment-an... ),...
Bradford’s brilliant behaviour support team have designed pupil self-assessment booklets relating specifically to each SEAL primary theme. There is...
These assessment tools are less specifically SEAL focused, but still measure many aspects of behaviour, development or wellbeing that are relevant to...
This is a story from a parent in the US, about her son’s amazing teacher.Every Friday afternoon Chase’s teacher asks her students to take out a piece...
New to SEAL? Check out our new, indispensible resources for schools that are new to SEAL, or those who are supporting schools new to SEAL. Created...

Top resource

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...
We all want children to enjoy playtimes, benefiting from the physical and mental exercise and social interaction that effectively-run outdoor spaces...