SEAL Newsletter Issue 2 - SEAL for All

Practical tools

Children and young people who are learning English as an additional language benefit from lots of visual support for their learning – pictures and...
Woodfer’s world is a lovely new resource for 7-8 year olds, written by SEAL and SEN experts Deb Michel and Mary Daly. The resource has been developed...
Leanne Pasdari at St James' C of E Primary School  in Gorton, Manchester, which has resourced provision for children with Autism and Specific...

Quick tips

Make sure that people have their basic needs met (remember Maslow’s hierarchy!)

Top resource

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

SEAL Newsletter Issue 2 - SEAL for All

Mindfulness involves learning to live more in the here and now rather than in our worried and ruminating heads, by directing our attention to our experience as it is unfolding, moment by moment, and with open-minded curiosity and acceptance rather than judgment.
In the last newsletter there was an article about the growing emphasis on developing ‘character’ and a suggestion that as  SEAL approaches...
We can’t know whether or how much SEAL has contributed, but it’s good to see new figures showing that children and young people’s behaviour is...
The latest edition of the Sutton Trust/Education Endowment Fund Toolkit of evidence-based approaches that raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils now includes social and emotional learning on its list of ‘best buys’.
The Ofsted report on PSHE has an example of good, differentiated teaching which clearly comes from SEAL. ‘Extension tasks are assigned to challenge the more able, and appropriate support is put in place for those with literacy needs.
In a report published in May Ofsted examined personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in English primary and secondary schools. They found it was good or outstanding in 60% of schools, but requiring improvement or inadequate in 40%.
While the English government no longer specifically promotes the SEAL approaches invented here, Chinese academics (working with UNICEF) have reviewed all the main Social and Emotional learning programmes from across the world and decided they like SEAL best!
In a debate in the House of Lords concerns were raised about the reductions to the status of PSHE and the lack of commitment to children’s wellbeing in policy on schools’ roles.
In March government issued its summary of responses to a consultation on the teaching of PSHE, and set out its decision on the way forward.

In the next newsletter...

  • Using drama and film in SEAL
  • Succeeding with Ofsted/Estyn - a whole-school or setting approach to SEAL
  • SEAL in the early years
  • SEAL in KS4

Please contact us, using the ‘Contact us’ option on the website or email jean.gross@btinternet.com directly if you have interesting practice to share in these areas.  Let us know the best phone number and times to contact you. Or just email with useful resources you have found, or your top tips.

We’d love to write your work up as a case study, too, so do get in touch. We want to hear from you!

Sharing practice

Crownbridge is a special school for children and young people with severe learning difficulties, in the age range of 2-19 years. Pupils need to learn through concrete experiences, often through a sensory curriculum.
The Tai Centre is a Pupil Referral Centre in Tonypandy in Wales. It caters for 64 children with social, emotional and behavioural needs, aged between 4 and 13. Many children have additional special needs, such as ADHD, dyspraxia and autism.  We spoke to SEAL Coordinator Catherine Wicks to find out how the Centre was using SEAL and how they had adapted it to meet their pupils’ different needs.
Torfaen’s Pupil Referral Unit caters for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils who are at risk of, or have been excluded from mainstream schools, and on a separate site for young people with anxiety-based and medical needs. 

Resource roundup

With Going for Goals/Keep on Learning themes in mind, we’ve uploaded new films and lesson ideas to the SEAL website. Going up in age from early...
f so we think you will like these 24 new, free social and emotional learning lesson plans. The resource is called ‘A Mindfulness-based Kindness...
Sesame Street have launched a resource portal focused on helping children from birth to age six deal with difficulties and challenge. The online...
This animated film for upper primary, co-created by teachers and children for the Anna Freud Centre, helps children talk about mental health and...
he Skill Force Prince William Award is an award programme for children aged 6–14, which aims build their character, resilience and confidence to...