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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 on the top bar, then click the Getting Started with SEAL tab.

If you would like regularly updated resources and a termly newsletter, you can 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 Join online here

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News update

Government have funded a series of five films on First News Education TV and Sky Kids. In the series, Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr Alex George,...
The study, launched in summer 2020, is one of the few that repeatedly asks younger teenagers about their experiences of the pandemic. The latest...
A new report from the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) provides evidence that some common assumptions about what works in promoting wellbeing and...
Around a third of schools and colleges in England will be offered part-funding to train a senior mental health lead from their staff in the new...
In Wales the Minister for Mental Health and the Minister for Education have made £9m available for 2021-22 to support whole-school work in promoting...

Resource roundup

'Curious about conflict' is a KS3 resource (lesson plans with PowerPoint slides, resources and guidance for teachers), focused on the causes of...
Just a reminder about the free Home Office/PSHE Association teaching resources at https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/...
Ready for the new school year we ‘ve uploaded to The SEAL Community website  a new collection of resources that includes
This is a collection of links to favourite resources for the start of the new year that we’ve uploaded to the SEAL website over the last five years....
Empathy Lab have released new read-alouds for 2021. There’s a great collection of readings for upper primary and lower secondary about how it feels...

New research

Rsearch has shown that a short reading and writing exercise at the start of the year can have a major impact on attainment and behaviour.
Scientists at the University of Kent have found that in conversation, adolescents spend 12 per cent less time looking at the other person’s face...
In a world of (sometimes) selfish adults, it is nice to know that very young children can be generous to others in need, sharing even their most...
Families Connect is a programme developed by Save the Children UK to help parents support their children’s learning in the home. It is delivered...
In this non-experimental study researchers analysed data on 740 children who took up one-to-one counselling, collected before the counselling started...

Sharing practice

Laura Fletcher at Wexham Court Primary School describes how she helped a group of boys learn the skills they need to resolve playground conflicts....
When Woodbrook Vale secondary school decided to prioritise pupils’ personal development, their biggest challenges were how to motivate students to...
Try this with your new primary class., to create a sense of belonging. Ask the children what qualities Team GB needed – like kindness, teamwork,...
At Billesley Primary in Birmingham staff noticed that after the school closures children were struggling to interact with each other in class - to...
Miss Greenwood at Boothroyd Primary Academy uses the Colour Monster story and Measure My Mood feeling cards with her early years class, to explore...

Practical tools

Julie from The SEAL Community has done an incredibly boring but incredibly useful job of mapping SEAL against the new curriculum – and also against...
Try this nice empathy mirror exercise from Empathy Lab in class:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psD9n2t7yQI
Teacher Elena Aguard describes how on the first day of school she gives students a survey that includes this item: “Who would you like me to call...
Tell your class this…  science suggests that our brains have an innate negativity bias. That is, we are wired to look for bad news. This is an...
Tip 1 Change the way we ask questions, so as to foster a supportive classroom climate Replace With “Do you have any questions?” “Who...

Top resource

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. Why is...
In this book by Kate Milner, a young boy discusses the journey he is about to make with his mother. They will leave their town, she explains, and it...
Do have a  look at this short video about how to teach primary children to read emotions when people are wearing masks. Secondary colleagues...
Jenny Mosley has made her fabulous training available as online, remote learning. The package, which costs £135, includes
Last term the Education Endowment Foundation and Early Intervention Foundation published a guidance report, Improving Social and Emotional Learning...