SEAL Newsletter Issue 16

Practical tools

This idea from Mia Casey is a great way of supporting children who need help with managing strong feelings. Take photos of the child showing...
This blog post from Vicki Zakrzewski has some good tips for ways that social-emotional learning can be integrated into traditional lessons. ‘Schools...

Quick tips

This idea from Mia Casey is a great way of supporting children who need help with managing strong feelings. Take photos of the child showing...
This blog post from Vicki Zakrzewski has some good tips for ways that social-emotional learning can be integrated into traditional lessons. ‘Schools...

Top resource

Expandaball This expanding ball is great for teaching mindful breathing. Pass the ball round and tell the children to breathe in while slowly...

SEAL Newsletter Issue 16

“In a world that places a growing premium on social skills, a lot more needs to be done to foster those skills far more systematically across the school curriculum,” Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the OECD, writes in the foreword to his report on the latest international PISA study of fifteen-year-olds.
A new consultation from the DfE proposes that government will'incentivise and support all schools to identify and train a Designated Senior Lead for...
2017 saw two comprehensive reports making the case for social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools. The researchers behind one of the most widely...
A  new call for evidence, ending on 12 February, asks for views on how the content of Relationships education (primary) , Relationships and Sex education (secondary), and PSHE , plus the current guidance on sex education, should be updated in England.The proposed content for Relationships and SRE is included in the consultation document. It includes

Sharing practice

Magna Carta secondary school in Surrey has a comprehensive approach to mental health and wellbeing. Clare Erasmus was appointed director of mental health and wellbeing in 2015. Her first step was to consult young people. With the help of a professional researcher, she conducted focus groups with every year group. Based on the results, she then developed a questionnaire for the whole student body.
Each year, staff at Exminster Primary run a series of five weekly Family SEAL sessions for new Reception class parents. Each one takes the format of an adult session followed by an adult and child session where adults have the opportunity to explore particularly activities with their child in school. Any family member or friend can attend; any children whose adults are unable to attend complete the same activities with their school adults and take the activities home for adults to do at home as well if they can.
Instow Community Primary and Pre-school in North Devon serves a mixed community, with rural and coastal deprivation. It has developed its own novel approach to SEAL, which it uses in conjunction with the Rights Respecting School approach (https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/) and THRIVE approaches (https://www.thriveapproach.com/the-thrive-approach/).
This one is a video case study. If you’d like to see what a genuinely whole-school approach to social and emotional learning looks like, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITaNXKSTyZM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6vS0UBGSW4

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...