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Social and emotional learning helps children and young people to:

‘… learn how to communicate their feelings, set themselves goals and work towards them, interact successfully with others, resolve conflicts peaceably, control their anger and negotiate their way through the many complex relationships in their lives today and tomorrow’.

This kind of learning underpins positive behaviour and attitudes to learning, personal development and mental health and wellbeing. It is at the heart of PSHE, relationships and health education.

Research shows it also helps raise attainment. Social and emotional learning is attracting increasing attention in schools. On this website you will find age-related teaching resources and whole school frameworks to support your work.

Many of them come from the national ‘Social and emotional Learning’ (SEAL) initiative. By registering with us (which is free, quick and easy), you can immediately find and download all of the national SEAL curriculum materials and teacher guidance. There’s a progression in learning objectives that can be used in any school, and training materials if you want to introduce or refresh a whole-school SEAL approach. Click on National Resources  then click the Getting Started with SEAL tab.

If you would like regularly updated teaching resources, you can also join our SEAL Community. Set up and supported by leading experts in the field, the SEAL Community is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote and develop SEAL through sharing news, practice, resources and expertise. Joining costs £30 for individuals, £75 for schools/settings and £100 for local authorities or other multi-school organisations. Click the Join button on this page to join.

News update

The Children's Society's annual Good Childhood Report, based on analysis collected from 2,100 children whose families are taking part in the long-r

A new initiative to help support children's mental health is being launched, which will see school pupils complete mental health “check-ins”.

Sharing practice

Beckley Ashley Irving, SENCO at Tetney Primary School, describes how her school promotes wellbeing.

At Brookvale Primary School, all children, staff and parents focused for two weeks on acts of kindness and helped each other fill their kindness bu

At The St Christopher School in Southend, helping pupils learn to regulate their emotions is very important – and also challenging, given the range of age, communication skills and cognitive ability the school caters for.

Read here about what the children thought of Shahana Knight’s design for a therapeutic classroom. Just look at the pictures ...

Resource roundup

We thoroughly recommend these great slide decks from Pear Deck, covering helping a new class bond

These very good free resources have been designed to support pupils either side of the KS2-KS3 transition – to help them develop a growth mindset,

We’ll be uploading lots of new resources about friendships, conflict,  anger and teamwork in September– look out for them.

We have uploaded to the SEAL site an excellent resource pack for non-specialists who are supporti

We are VERY keen on sharing psychology and neuroscience with children; sometimes it seems that in the curriculum  we teach them to understand every

Practical tools

Get children to design  a poster for your calm-down corner, using the words

Try the weather check-in: If your mood were the weather, what what would it be?” For example, if you’re angry it could be a thunderstorm, or if you

Try this assembly, from primary teacher Deborah Jenkins.

In a start-of-the-year survey, include an open-ended question like “Is there anything I should know about you as a learner to help you be successfu

Top tips on creating a SEL-friendly classroom environment- we suggest ...

New research

In 2003 and 2004, a team of researchers implemented a year-long social and emotional learning (SEL) intervention with 192 children in 22 classrooms

Longitudinal research shows that teachers significantly impact the long-term physical and mental health of their pupils.

Experiencing maltreatment in childhood can have a lasting impact on how individuals identify, understand, and experience emotions.

This study reports the results of a pre-pandemic survey of 600 English primary schools. Nearly all respondents reported ...

Researchers have found that being asked to view a negative experience from a future time perspective (‘How do you think you will feel about this a few years from now?) ...

Top resource

We can think of a thousand ways to use this emotion wheel in the classroom.

This is a great new book from Tina Rae, with activities to support children and young people who have lost someone they love

This is a nice book of poems to share with KS2 ...

In I Really Want to Shout by Simon Philip, a little girl uses witty and insightful rhyme to tell us about the things that make her angry...

In this book by Kate Milner, a young boy discusses the journey he is about to make with his mother...