SEAL Newsletter Issue 12: books for SEAL

SEAL Newsletter Issue 12: books for SEAL

No less than four parliamentary select committees of MPs have now called on the government to make PSHE a statutory subject on the curriculum - the Women and Equalities Committee, the Education Committee, the Home Affairs Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. The parliamentarians join the Chief Medical Officer, the Children’s Commissioner, the national police lead for child sexual exploitation, two royal societies, five leading unions, and six medical royal colleges in making the call.
The 2016 Children’s Society’s Good Childhood report has found a growing gap in happiness between girls and boys. Girls are less happy than they used...
The next Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from the 6th – 12th February 2017. We’ll keep you updated on the theme and where to find...

Sharing practice

Secondary schools might like to look at this five-minute film titled Can You Teach Character?The film, made by award-winning producers The Moment, explains and illustrates how character is both ‘caught’ and ‘taught’ at the University of Birmingham School, a school dedicated to the development of character of its pupils. The film includes the voices of staff and pupils, and examples of teaching. It is available to view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9QkaOaUST8. 
In the US there is a network of schools (the EL Education network) which all use two parallel strategies to maximise students’ achievement. The first strategy has to do with belonging and relationships; the second has to do with work and challenges.
We liked this idea from Denmark , where a programme that starts on the first day of school at six years old up and continues until graduation at age sixteen, is called “Klassen Time” or “the Class’s Hour.” “The Class’s Hour” is set for a special time once a week, and it is a core part of the curriculum. The purpose is for all the students to come together in a comfortable setting to talk about any problems they may be having. Together, the class tries to find a solution. This could be an issue between two students or a group, or even something unrelated to school at all.
We liked this simple mindfulness idea for the Foundation Stage. Give every child a small stuffed animal toy to be their own ‘belly buddy’, and have them give it a name. For a few minutes each day have the children lie down on a rug , putting the toy on their tummy and watching it rise and fall as their lungs move, counting to three with every breath

Resource roundup

The exam season is upon us, so we've uploaded some fabulous resources from Tapton School. There's a presentation for parents to help them understand...
A few years ago Julie (one of the SEAL Community’s Directors) made some great short films for the BBC’s emotional literacy series, including this one...
The NSPCC’s School Service are doing some great work to help children understand how to keep themselves safe -like offering free assemblies, lesson...
Google and Parent Zone have collaborated on a new, free-to-order Key Stage 2 teaching resource on internet safety. Containing lesson plans, support...
This App (free for Android devices,99p for iPads) helps children/young people involved in a serious incident to reflect on what led up to the...