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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

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 ....

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

We've uploaded lots of new resouces to the members' area of the SEL website - videos, board games, worksheets and activity ideas ...

Here we have - not new but may save you time - two collections of the absolute best resources we've found for anger, conflict, friendship and working together, and for setting and working towards goals, persistence, bouncing back after difficulties, growth mindset and optimism.

Sharing practice

Secondary English teacher Allison Berryhill did a ‘Dream It, Do It’ goal-setting activity in her class. Students first watched Tim Urban’s hilarious TED Talk “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” and discussed how one might not achieve goals if they lack structure ...

Shahana Knight, childhood trauma expert, has been working with Shevington Vale Primary School to transform a Year 3 classroom so that it supports wellbeing....

Nottingham City’s Better Start project funded a community arts organisation to create a piece of puppet theatre – The Search for Teddy’s Island – that could be performed on a family’s doorstep...

Have a look at this inspiring short film about how older students in a US secondary school set up a We Dine Together club to make sure no student has to eat their lunch alone. Maybe show it to Y11s/12s/13s to see if it gives them ideas? ...

Laura Fletcher at Wexham Court Primary School describes how she helped a group of boys learn the skills they need to resolve playground conflicts...

Resource roundup

We've uploaded lots of new resouces to the members' area of the SEL website - videos, board games, worksheets and activity ideas ...

Here we have - not new but may save you time - two collections of the absolute best resources we've found for anger, conflict, friendship and working together, and for setting and working towards goals, persistence, bouncing back after difficulties, growth mindset and optimism.

For those of you who remember the original primary SEAL pink box of hard-copy booklets of all the SEAL curriculum resources… we have been gifted six of these boxes.We’d like them to go to the first six schools ...

We liked this series of short, animated videos for teenagers - created in collaboration with animation studio Aardman, they are clever and funny. They cover topics like feeling lonely, perfectionism, competitiveness and social media...

This animation and accompanying teacher toolkit from the Anna Freud Centre is aimed at secondary school pupils (Years 7-9)...

Practical tools

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 ...

Use paint charts for work on understanding and using words that describe different intensities of emotions. Children can match words like ...

More and more schools are using emotion check-ins at the start of the day or lessons- using emojis, thumbs up/down/sideways, rating scales, self-re

Sometimes classroom talk about how you are feeling can make some students feel they are put on the spot. Try a snowball toss instead...

Have your class tried GoNoodle’s Rainbow Breathing on the whiteboard as a calming exercise? Good for early years and KS1. Find it here ...

New research

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 ....

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 compared with young adults...

In a world of (sometimes) selfish adults, it is nice to know that very young children can be generous to others in need...

Top resource

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...

Imagine a world where everyone is kind...