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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

Mental health charity We Are Beyond have designed a free mental health and wellbeing festival for schools across the UK. Schools can book virtual...
A report from Co-SPACE on children’s emotional, behavioural and attention difficulties during Covid-19 shows an increase in behavioural and attention...
In 2017, Theresa May launched a £200 million initiative to offer mental health awareness training to every secondary school over the next three years...
Most teaching staff in England think pupil behaviour has got worse since the Covid-19 lockdown, a survey for the Tes showed. More than two-...
An NHS report finds that rates of probable mental disorders have increased since 2017. In 2020, one in six children aged 5 to 16 years were...

Resource roundup

The Anna Freud Centre’s Mentally Health Schools has expanded to provide an information and resource hub with free, high quality mental health...
The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues has published a new programme of study, 'Read Grow Go', developed for pupils aged 5-7. The programme...
This resource is a unit of five free lessons produced through a collaboration between Google, YouTube and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD...
The CORC organisation In collaboration with the Evidence Based Practice Unit, are offering a free Wellbeing Measurement for Schools, a ...
The Anna Freud Centre have published a free resource for schools and Further Education settings to help them carry out staff wellbeing surveys. It...

New research

INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament is a comprehensive KS1 school-based social and emotional learning programme. In-class activities focus on...
Researchers have found a significant rise in emotional and behavioural difficulties among primary school children following the 2020 spring and...
The Co-SPACE study have published their ninth report with updates on the mental health of children aged 4-16 health during the pandemic. This study...
This meta-analysis  examined the relationship between teachers’ use of emotional expression and regulation and their antecedents (in terms of...
Psychologists have identified a typical state of euphoria reported by those engaged in charitable activity. They call it ‘helper’s high,’ and it is...

Sharing practice

At Cherry Tree primary school in Basildon, Essex 97% of pupils have English as an additional language and 57% of the population of the area are...
Brighton teacher and national oracy lead for Voice 21 Katy asked her KS2 students to watch the first Trump/Biden TV debate and rate the candidates’...
Ryburn Valley High School recently won Character Education Kitemark Plus award from the Association for Character Education. Headteacher David Lord...
Billesley Primary in Birmingham is part of the Education Endowment Foundation’s Research Schools network and has recently described its work on...
June O'Sullivan, chief executive of London Early Years Foundation, describes how settings developed their work on kindness in a lovely blog which...

Practical tools

To take secondary students’ understanding of emotions further, try having them explore the wheel of emotions. This simplifies emotions for students...
In a blog for the Education Endowment Foundation Beth Rowe, primary school deputy head and Year 5 teacher at Pontesbury Primary, describes how she...
At John C. Haines Elementary School in Chicago, students place a pom-pom in a jar when they do something nice for their peers, and then describe...
Teach children that stress and trauma can trigger a response in the amygdala, the part of the brain that sends the body into fight, flight, or freeze...
Share with parents and staff this eight minute film, in which clinical psychologist Dr Jess Richardson makes straightforward suggestions for...

Top resource

Expandaball This expanding ball is great for teaching mindful breathing. Pass the ball round and tell the children to breathe in while slowly...
We really like this programme to teach young people aged 8 – 16 years to manage their own anxiety and worry. It helps them develop techniques to use...
Find at: http://www.gettingthelowdown.com/ Cost: £100 Getting the Lowdown’ is a teaching resource...
Helping Children with Feelings – nine guidebooks and nine accompanying stories (or buy each separately) By: Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong...