SEAL Newsletter Issue 7 - SEAL innovation

SEAL Newsletter Issue 7 - SEAL innovation

A multi-million pound push to place England as a “global leader” in teaching character, resilience and grit to pupils was announced by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan on 16 December. This is the DfE press release;
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is asking for proposals from schools, local authorities, charities, universities and other non-profit...
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced new 'Character awards' which schools can apply for in January.  Character, she said, ' can be...
In a speech at the Children and Young People Now Awards, Sam Gyimah, education and childcare minister, acknowledged the crisis in mental health services for children and young people and said “It’s right that we renew our focus on the character, resilience, and wellbeing of children and young people – it’s one of the department’s biggest priorities over the coming months.” He added “So often it can feel like schools and teachers are judged purely on the results they achieve, on their standing in the league tables.
Regular readers of this newsletter will know that the primary SEAL resources have been chosen by the Chinese Ministry of Education as the basis for a pilot social and emotional learning curriculum in five provinces in China. Julie Casey and other members of the SEAL Community have been visiting China regularly to provide support. They recently went out to join a conference for a hundred schools from different regions, held over the course of three days at a large city school which catered for over 5000 students.
Public Health England have produced a short briefing document for head teachers, governors and staff in education settings, summarising key findings which show that: • Pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically. • Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and wellbeing, and better achievement. • The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn.
Despite having some of the highest living standards in the world, British children are less satisfied with life than their counterparts in developing countries such as Algeria, Brazil and South Africa, according to a global well-being chart published by the Children’s Society. While they are less anxious about housing, money or friendship than children in many other countries they worry more about issues such as health and doing well at school than many elsewhere.
In November, on the back of the concerns about some Birmingham schools, the DfE issued new guidance on schools’ responsibilities to promote fundamental British values as part of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Relevant to SEAL are the requirements that pupils must be encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance, and: • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
The self-esteem of teenage girls has fallen significantly since the start of the economic downturn seven years ago and the boom in the use of social media and online communication, a major survey of 30,000 school pupils has revealed. Analysts who compile the survey for schools across the country have reported a worrying drop in the number of 14- and 15-year-olds, particularly girls, who say they feel highly confident in their own worth.
The Early Intervention Foundation welcomed US Professor Walter Mischel to talk about his well-known research and recent book, The Marshmallow Test, at a recent seminar in London. In his original research, Professor Mischel posed preschoolers with a dilemma – whether to eat one marshmallow now or wait an indefinite period of time so as to get two. Those who were able to wait were significantly more likely to achieve high grades in school later on and achieve greater success in life in early adulthood.

Sharing practice

It is always interesting to see how SEAL has been developed in different areas of the country. Dorset is a case in point. Here, when support from the government’s National Strategies ceased in 2010, local authority SEAL consultants and a specialist educational psychologist worked out a plan to make SEAL sustainable.

Resource roundup

We’ve uploaded new Rise Above resources for work on coping with change and transition, at
It feels like never before have we so much needed to educate our children to be global citizens. There are fabulous lesson plans and PowerPoints here...
If you are working on the theme of change this term, why not focus on the experiences of refugees and migrants? We’ve uploaded a collection of lesson...
DfE statutory guidance for relationships and health education (primary) and sex, relationships and health education (secondary) is due to come into...
Wellbeing Measurement for Schools is an approach that supports primary and secondary schools to understand particular strengths and challenges for...