SEAL Newsletter Issue 14

SEAL Newsletter Issue 14

In an interview for CALMzine the Duke of Cambridge said ‘Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings. Over the past year we have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a really clear and emotionally articulate way – something most adults would struggle with. Seeing this has really given me hope that things are changing and that there is a generation coming up who find it normal to talk openly about their emotions.
In a recent poll by the NAHT headteachers’ union, 31 per cent of secondary leaders reported that there would be a reduction in the services they...
The Department for Education (DfE) has invited bidders for multimillion-pound contracts to offer mental health training in 100 English primary...
Research among 700 children aged 10 and 11 for the mental-health charity Place2Be suggests almost two-thirds worry "all the time" about at least one thing to do with their school life, home life or themselves. The children’s top concerns were their family, friends being okay, and not doing well at school.
More evidence has emerged of schools struggling to provide mental health support for students, with more than half of school leaders saying they finding it hard to locate services. According to a survey by the NAHT heads’ union and the children’s mental health charity Place2Be, 56 per cent of school leaders say it is "difficult to find" mental health services for their pupils.
Sex and relationships education is to be made compulsory in all schools in England, the government has announced. All children from the age of four will be taught about safe and healthy relationships, Education Secretary Justine Greening said. Children will also be taught, at an appropriate age, about sex. But parents will still have the right to withdraw their children from these classes.
A new report from the British Humanist Association details the results of an analysis of school inspections conducted during the 2015/2016 academic year, since the new common inspection framework (and its greater focus on personal development and welfare of pupils) was introduced. It found that ' these positive statements of intent have yet to filter through to inspection.' PSHE was mentioned in just 14% of all, and only 8% of primary school reports.
 A  leading psychometric test publisher has publsihed a study - An Analysis Of Mental Toughness - in which it compares 9,000 children of all ages from 58 independent schools in England and Scotland  with 32,000 state school pupils. Defining mental toughness as “the mind-set that every person adopts in everything they do”, the study examined four categories: control, commitment, challenge, confidence. Independent school pupils scored 4.26 overall, higher than state schools’ 3.94.Read more about resilience at
Letter published in TES 13/1/17 Dear TES
Measuring pupils’ self-esteem, empathy and resilience can be fraught with difficulty – but now there are calls for these “soft skills” to feed into international rankings. This is despite warnings that some countries could be assessed on values that are alien to their culture, or are simply not a priority – for example, territories in which there may be 100 pupils per teacher. Some even fear that international assessments could harm children with social and emotional difficul... But what are the best ways to measure these social and emotional skills?
Every secondary school in England will get free mental health training and improved support from local health services, the prime minister has announced . The training will be delivered by Mental Health First Aid UK to staff in a third of secondary schools this year. The remaining two-thirds of secondary schools will be offered this training in the following two years. It is hoped that the additional training will make school staff better at spotting signs of mental health problems in pupils.
Almost half of all young people experience so many emotional problems at school that they are unable to focus on their studies, a new poll has found. Meanwhile, their levels of happiness and confidence are dropping, and more than a quarter feel that they have no control over their lives. And more than one in six believe that they will never amount to anything, no matter how hard they try.
n 2015, the government pledged an extra £1.4 billion over five years to “transform” Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Research undertaken by YoungMinds into the responses of 199 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) from Freedom of Information requests has revealed that: Fewer than half of the CCGs who responded were able to provide full information about their CAMHS budgets.

Sharing practice

Every Monday morning at Haytor View Community Primary School in Devon starts with an assembly on one of the SEAL themes. Children then go to their classrooms to work on their social and emotional learning until morning break. Yes – that’s not English or maths, but SEAL-related work. And this is in a school where 55% of the children are eligible for free school meals, and where academic standards used to be low. Now, they are pretty amazing: last year 61% of children reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to the England average of 53%.
Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has been doing something different when students misbehave. Instead of punishing disruptive students, the Baltimore school has something called the Mindful Moment Room instead. The room is filled with lamps, decorations, and purple cushions. Misbehaving students are encouraged to sit in the room and go through practices like breathing or meditation, helping them calm down and re-centre. They are also asked to talk through what happened.

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...