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

 Anti-bullying week approaches, so we’ve uploaded a collection of resources to help children understand and respect difference.
YoungMinds has been working with the Beano to create Mandi, a new character specifically created to engage children with mental health.
This resource from the Nurture Group network provides tried and tested tools, strategies and ideas for exploring loss with children and young...
These six stories have been written to help 9 – 13 year olds deal with some of the issues they face, such as test anxiety, loss and transition, so...
The Home Office and PSHE Association have updated these free resources to support the government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign. The campaign, and...