SEAL Newsletter Issue 11: films for SEAL

SEAL Newsletter Issue 11: films for SEAL

A new survey has found that eight-year-olds in England are less happy than those in Romania, Poland and Algeria. In a study of 16 countries, children in England were ranked 13 for life satisfaction – with only South Korea, Nepal and Ethiopia faring worse. The findings are the latest to come from the Children's Worlds research project, which asked young people across the world about their lives and thoughts on their wellbeing. Children surveyed in England also ranked low for their satisfaction with family life.
A survey has revealed a rising tide of mental health issues among young people and a serious gap in specialist care beyond the school gates. Many...
More than half of private schools are now providing their students with “formal” character education classes, according to the Independent Schools...
The Minister for Education and Skills asked the Public Policy Institute for Wales to provide expert advice on ‘what works’ in building the emotional resilience of children in primary schools in Wales and what the Welsh Government might do to support this. The resulting report provides a synthesis of research and policy evaluations relating to school-based strategies to promote emotional health among primary school pupils, and makes evidence-based recommendations for Welsh Government policy regarding a national strategy in this area.

Sharing practice

Films are great for SEAL lessons and assemblies, so here we highlight especially good ones and linked learning resources. We’re sure you’ve seen the Pixar film Inside Out – a really clever story line explaining emotions and basic neuroscience told through what goes on inside the head of a little girl called Riley. The film depicts how we use the five core emotions - joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust- when difficult and happy experiences arise, and how we need the negative emotions just as much as the positive.

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....