Welcome to the SEAL Community!

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

Government research in England has reported that one in five secondary pupils (21%) say they have been bullied in the past 12 months - an increase from July 2021, where the figure stood at 15%.

Empathy Day is on 9 June, and in the run-up EmpathyLab are inviting everyone to start doing The Empathy Superpower Challenge – nine inspiring, crea

We've uploaded the best of what we could find on helping children respond to the current Ukraine crisis.

The 2022 theme is empathy, our human superpower. To help schools and libraries get ready, EmpathyLab have launched their 2022 Read for Empathy Collection ...

Have a look at our series of films designed to help teachers get the best from the original SEAL (and SEAL-Cymru) national resources and the additional resources we’ve since added to the SEAL website. They are full of ideas and examples of great practice in schools.

Sharing practice

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 ...

At Surrey Square Primary in London (featured in an earlier sharing practice story) ....

At School 360 in London, children learn how to use relaxed breathing to calm themselves down, from Reception onwards...

Teacher Julia Richardson describes how she designed a four-week-long narrative unit of work for a class of six year olds, to explore emotional awareness.

Resource roundup

For work on Good to be Me/Learning about me have you seen the PiXL free resources based on Matthew Syed’s funny and engaging book ‘Dare to be You’...

We’ve new ideas for your work on helping children value themselves, manage worries and look after their wellbeing

Here we have a list of the best of our back catalogue of SEAL Community website resources for Good to be me/Learning about me themes – supplementary to the main SEAL national resources.

‘It’s good to talk’ is a nice lesson idea for primary pupil, combining oracy with work on understanding and managing feelings. There’s  an activity and scaffolding ideas ....

This is a good picture book for understanding anxiety and jealousy- When Cucumber Lost His Cool by Michelle Robinson.

Practical tools

We educate students about spotting fake news online but have we thought about the emotion component?...

In this experiment adults were asked to show where on their body they experienced various emotions , using warm colours ...

Brian Bilston’s poem ‘Refugees’ begins:...

There are some nice ideas here for early years emotional check-ins…

Spray or hand paint a pathway onto the playground surface (or in a corner of the school hall), with footprint markings where each child can place their feet. Then ...

New research

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?) ...

The Good Behaviour Game is a universal behaviour management intervention that ...

Research finds on-task behaviour and persistence have a stronger relationship with children’s early learning success than measures of social disadvantage at age five....

New research shows that people are more driven to tackle new goals at 'shared temporal breaks' than at random times of the year ....

Top resource

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...

This is the Education Endowment Foundation's guidance report...