SEAL Newsletter Issue 4 - SEAL and learning

SEAL Newsletter Issue 4 - SEAL and learning

A team from the Northampton Centre for Learning Behaviour (NCfLB), including Julie Casey from the SEAL Community, has been working for UNICEF in China for the last year in support of a ministry of education initiative to improve social and emotional learning in schools. Intended to become a national programme, the initial focus of the China SEL programme is on the acute SEL needs of the 25 million children left behind in rural communities by parents who have moved to the cities for work.
A new Department for Education timeline of mandatory information for schools has been published which includes a specific requirement for all schools...
The DfE have published a letter from Lord Nash, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for schools, written in response to criticisms about the...
The Big Lottery has announced a HeadStart initiative to promote positive mental health in children aged between 10 and 14 (http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/fulfilling-lives-headstart). The funding will support the creation of cross-sector partnerships aimed at helping young people in twelve local areas, particularly those most at risk.
A poll of 2,000 young people by the Young Minds charity (www.youngminds.org.uk/news) has found that children and young people are growing up in a ‘toxic climate’: Over half of children and young people believe they will be a failure if they don’t get good grades Over half of 11-14 year olds have viewed online pornography with four out of ten of these saying it has affected their relationships with others of their age
There's been quite a bit in the news lately about a new book by Daniel Goleman (of Emotional Intelligence fame). It was that first book of his that inspired much of the development of SEAL. His new book is about 'Focus' – executive control/grit/conscientiousness, or the ability to keep your mind on one thing and resist other temptations. Goleman summarises longitudinal evidence showing that a child’s level of self-control is as powerful a predictor of academic success at school and adult financial success and health as are social class, wealth of family of origin, or IQ.

Sharing practice

When the Chinese delegation came to the UK to see SEAL in action, Carlton Central Infant and Junior schools were a recommended visit. The two schools serve an area of high social deprivation, so staff see SEAL as an essential. Their children would simply not be able to learn without constant work on how to understand and manage their feelings, work together and deal with conflict. Both schools adopt a whole-school approach; staff and children don’t see SEAL just as discrete lessons, but in the words of the headteachers, as ‘at the core of everything we do.’

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....