SEAL Newsletter Issue 13: school approaches and practical tips

Practical tools

After teaching children relaxation techniques, give each a small ‘go-to’ box in which they keep objects to help them if they feel angry, upset or...
We liked this way of supporting pupils who find it really hard to communicate what they are feeling and manage strong emotions. Staff at a special...
If you are working with children on setting and reaching goals, you need to know about ‘mental contrasting’. Here’s how to do it. Get children to :...

SEAL Newsletter Issue 13: school approaches and practical tips

Safer Internet Day 2017 will be held on Tuesday 7th February with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for better internet’. The day, organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, aims to promote the safe and responsible use of technology by young people worldwide. Visit the Safer Internet Day website for information on how you can get involved and to find out which events are planned for the day
The UK Youth Parliament has voted to make a ‘curriculum for life’ – including comprehensive, statutory PSHE education – its main campaign priority in...
The Anna Freud Learning Network is hosting a series of free, regional workshops to help schools and those working with them to measure and monitor...
A 2016 NCB and Association of School College Lecturers (ASCL) survey amongst school leaders reported that more than half had seen a large increase in anxiety or stress, while 79 per cent reported an increase in self-harm or suicidal thoughts amongst students.

Sharing practice

Clare Erasmus is head of mental health and wellbeing at the Magna Carta School in Surrey. Here she describes how the school put in place a whole-school plan to helps students to make choices about their emotional and physical wellbeing – without staff feeling this was yet another initiative being imposed on them.
Through a complex web of schoolwide strategies and practices focused on social-emotional learning, Symonds Elementary provides students with a safe, supportive space and ensures that they're ready and available for deeper learning. Strategies like mindfulness, emotional regulation, and supportive small groups help Symonds meet the academic and social needs of their students.

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...