SEAL Newsletter Issue 1 - Keeping SEAL alive and growing!

Practical tools

Keeping SEAL alive and growing involves devising new learning opportunities - and, we hope, sharing them through the SEAL Community.

Quick tips

Visual check-ins make an attractive and useful display in classrooms for all ages. Involve children in making their own class emotional barometer...

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...

SEAL Newsletter Issue 1 - Keeping SEAL alive and growing!

In the same week as the DfE’s new vision appeared on the wall the panel who investigated the 2011 summer riots published their report.
The Welsh Government has been actively promoting SEAL in Wales. They have made SEAL resources available to practitioners in the Foundation Stage, KS2...
If Ofsted is ever good news, the inclusion of behaviour as a separate judgement is meaning that there is a great demand for approaches , like SEAL,...
The EYFS Review has been really good news for SEAL, with the expert group for the review weaving the five SEAL domains into the new framework for PSED. A revised version of ‘Development Matters’ describes children’s development in each of these three areas from birth to five. Again, many elements link directly to SEAL.
The DfE have a new mission statement, up on the wall in Sanctuary Buildings  ‘Our vision is a highly educated society in which opportunity is more equal for children and young people no matter what their background or family circumstances.’   Reading the words highly educated, the words below might come to mind: Dear Teacher I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no man should witness: Gas chambers built by learned engineers.

Sharing practice

Did you know that The Co-operative Group, a unique and historic family of businesses owned by its members (probably most recognisable in the shape of your local co-op shop or bank), is bringing its values of cooperation and sharing to education?
Gainsborough is a big inner city London primary school in Hackney, with high numbers of children on free school meals, with SEN, or learning English as an additional language.  Gazala Maljee, who for the past eighteen months has led on SEAL, Healthy Schools and behaviour, has taught at the school for ten years.
In Hackney a small SEAL and Behaviour Team provide a mixture of local-authority-funded support for schools where behaviour is a key Ofsted issue, and training services and publications for SEAL and behaviour that schools can pay for. Rachel Thompson (Head of SEAL and Behaviour Team) and Claire Tregear (Associate Deputy Headteacher for Behaviour and SEAL) run free network meetings for primary school SEAL Leads: a meeting for two hours once a term on sharing good practice using a solution focused approach of ‘what’s working well in our school’.

Resource roundup

The exam season is upon us, so we've uploaded some fabulous resources from Tapton School. There's a presentation for parents to help them understand...
A few years ago Julie (one of the SEAL Community’s Directors) made some great short films for the BBC’s emotional literacy series, including this one...
The NSPCC’s School Service are doing some great work to help children understand how to keep themselves safe -like offering free assemblies, lesson...
Google and Parent Zone have collaborated on a new, free-to-order Key Stage 2 teaching resource on internet safety. Containing lesson plans, support...
This App (free for Android devices,99p for iPads) helps children/young people involved in a serious incident to reflect on what led up to the...