SEAL Newsletter Issue 15

SEAL Newsletter Issue 15

An investigation by the Times Educational Supplement has found that schools in England experienced significant spikes in “hate crimes” and “hate incidents” last year, around the time of the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump. Tes submitted freedom of information requests to all 39 of England’s police forces. Of the 32 that responded, 30 provided comparable data. It reveals that:
November 13th is World Kindness Day. Kindness Day was born when a collection of humanitarian groups came together on November 13, 1997 and made a “...
A team of experts, heads and classroom teachers are currently trialling a “Happiness Ofsted” approach. Andy Cope and the team deliver training to...
Three new reports from Public Health England ( https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2017/06/22/learning-more-about-w...) find that rates of cyberbullying have increased for both teenage boys and girls, with girls being twice as likely to report being bullied than boys. Young people who say they have strong relationships with their teachers and positive attitudes towards school are significantly less likely to report being cyberbullied.
A new Wellbeing Award for Schools, presented by NCB and Optimus Education, will recognise outstanding work being done to create a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing in schools across England. Find out more at https://www.awardplace.co.uk/award/was?utm_source=WAS&utm_medium=press-r...
The government is to provide £200,000 of funding to train 3,000 teachers in all English secondary schools as "youth mental health first aid champions" over the next three years. It has also committed to extend the scheme to primary schools before the end of this parliament. The training will be delivered by social enterprise Mental Health First Aid, which will provide practical advice to teachers and other school staff on how to recognise issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders.

Sharing practice

School 21 is an all-through primary and secondary school in a disadvantaged area in East London. It is best known for its focus on speaking and listening. Speaking and listening skills are taught through an oracy curriculum that is given its own dedicated time, but students also use oracy techniques in the classroom, every day, in every lesson – to discuss their ideas about Ancient Greece, to solve interpersonal problems, to explain their learning in maths.
At Urban prep Charter Academy in Chicago, the curriculum includes a daily social-emotional class, Pride. Each student is part of a small cohort that stays together throughout their four years at the academy. "You're with them from freshman to senior year," says Toy, one of the students. "These are actually my brothers, people that I can lean on if I need something.”

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....