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

 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...