SEAL Newsletter Issue 17

Practical tools

In previous newsletters we’ve featured the exciting Zones of Regulation approach. Follow this link http://sealcommunity.org/member-resource/zones-...

SEAL Newsletter Issue 17

Empathy Day was founded by EmpathyLab as an annual event after a successful 2017 pilot; in 2018 it is on 12 June. It focuses on using books as tool to build more understanding between us all. Hundreds of libraries and schools will be taking part. Why not join in? There are lots of fabulous ideas and resources at http://www.empathylab.uk/empathy-day
The 2018 national survey from the Office for National Statistics reports both good and bad news on children’s wellbeing • The proportion of children...
Around one in five children and young people in the UK may experience emotional and behavioural problems according to the first findings from a...
A poll by Youth Sport Trust has found that many teachers are cutting on PE lessons and using the time for extra exam tutoring. Almost one in four secondary teachers said they had dropped PE within the past year, and one in three gave exam pressure as the reason. Mental health experts are concerned that cutting down on exercise can exacerbate children’s mental health problems.Read more at https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news/research-finds-whistle-being-blown-...
The number of states that have developed policies and guidance to advance social and emotional learning (SEL) has increased steadily in the past several years. Eight out of the 50 States in the US have now articulated a progression in SEL competencies from pre-school to age 18 in their curricula. That is, they have written standards to articulate what students should know and be able to do with regard to SEL at different ages. At least eight further states are working on action plans that will result in policies and guidance to support SEL.
A new report from the World Economic Forum looks at the employment, skills and workforce strategy for the future.Five years from now, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. By 2020, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics. These developments will transform the way we live, and the way we work.
Almost a third of 14-year-olds have shoved, hit, slapped or punched someone, according to new research. In addition, 1 per cent said they had assaulted someone with a weapon. New analysis of data from the Millennium Cohort Study, a study tracking the lives of thousands of pupils born in the UK in 2000-01, found that rates of assault were significantly higher among boys (41 per cent) than girls (21 per cent).
A new report from the Early Intervention Foundation explores the extent to which young children at risk of gang involvement or youth violence are supported through evidence-based early intervention, particularly in primary schools. It draws on qualitative interviews with schools, local government officials, police and voluntary sector organisations in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth.

Sharing practice

Prince Bishops Primary is a one form entry school County Durham. It is also a National Teaching School, providing training and inspiration to others. Under the leadership of headteacher Lynn George, staff saw a need for children to develop resilience, learn how to set themselves challenging goals and work towards them. The ‘Inspire’ programme, devised by Olympic athletes, has helped them achieve this.
At Tapton School in Sheffield staff were very aware of increasing mental health needs amongst students, and of the strong correlation between exam results and evidence of current or past mental health difficulties. A decision was therefore made to take part in a DfE-funded pilot of collaborative working between schools and CAMHs.
Exclusions are on the up in UK schools, and in England the government have asked former minister Edward Timpson to investigate the reason. So it’s timely to look at what one US city – Chicago- has achieved by using social and emotional learning as the basis for its strategy.

Resource roundup

The exam season is upon us, so we've uploaded some fabulous resources from Tapton School. There's a presentation for parents to help them understand...
A few years ago Julie (one of the SEAL Community’s Directors) made some great short films for the BBC’s emotional literacy series, including this one...
The NSPCC’s School Service are doing some great work to help children understand how to keep themselves safe -like offering free assemblies, lesson...
Google and Parent Zone have collaborated on a new, free-to-order Key Stage 2 teaching resource on internet safety. Containing lesson plans, support...
This App (free for Android devices,99p for iPads) helps children/young people involved in a serious incident to reflect on what led up to the...