SEAL Newsletter Issue 18

Practical tools

In recent newsletters we’ve featured ideas on how to help children learn to regulate their attention and emotions - self-regulation. But how can...

Quick tips

In recent newsletters we’ve featured ideas on how to help children learn to regulate their attention and emotions - self-regulation. But how can...

SEAL Newsletter Issue 18

Save the date! Anti-Bullying Week this year is happening from Monday 12th – Friday 16th November and has the theme ‘Choose Respect’. It will again kick off with 'Odd Socks Day' on the 12th November 
A significant cut in the number of hours schools teach PE and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) at school has raised concerns about pupils...
New-ish education secretary Damian Hinds has set out his priorities for the education system. And yes, “character, resilience and well-being” is...
The government confirmed in July that it will be compulsory for all schools to teach the health and relationships aspects of PSHE education from 2020. When announcing the requirements, the Education Secretary encouraged schools to build on what they’re already doing well through PSHE rather than ‘starting from scratch’.
Following a review of sex education by the Welsh government it was announced in May that relationship and sexuality education (RSE) is to be a statutory part of the school curriculum from 2022 for five- to 16-year-olds.
Children as young as three are being referred by nurseries and schools for professional support with their mental health, the NSPCC has learned. And more than half of referrals from schools in England for mental health support for children came from primary schools • The number of education settings seeking professional mental health help for pupils up by more than a third in the last three years, NSPCC says • 56 per cent of referrals were for primary school children
A study , based on 2018 national data from PASS surveys (Pupil Attitudes to Self and School ) – the largest of its kind in the UK, involving more than 850,000 pupils – found that 19% of all pupils exhibit low self-regard and doubt their capabilities as learners. More than one in twenty children (6%) exhibit extremely poor attitudes to their learning and have very low self-regard, which makes them especially vulnerable.
A YouGov poll for the Diana Award questioned 1,003 secondary-age children, and found that 46% said they were worried about going back to school after the summer holidays because of bullying. More than half (51%) said it meant they were afraid to put their hand up in class whilst 40% of said they had been bullied for their academic ability. 38% said they had missed school because they were so frightened of bullies. More than a fifth (22%) said bullying had become so intense that they had been forced to change schools.

Sharing practice

Jon Biddle is a year 6 teacher at Moorlands primary academy in Norfolk. Here he writes about the school’s work with EmpathyLab.

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...