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

We’ve uploaded new primary resources for work on Going for Goals, with the highlight some lessons based on the award-winning SOAR, a lovely short...
'Be the nice kid' is a heartwarming film about the importance of kindness, made by children in an Aberdeenshire school. Children at Dunnottar School...
The London Grid for Learning has produced free classroom resources to help school communities build resilience and understand mental health better....
In November the DfE updated this guidance for school staff, which applies to all schools in England. It gives advice on:• how to create a whole...
We await the English government’s response to its consultation on new guidance for teaching a statutory Relationships and Sex Education curriculum....