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

One in six young people in England — or five in each secondary classroom — had a probable mental disorder, a rate that has held steady since last year but which is up from one in nine in 2017...

The Children’s Society’s Good Childhood report - an annual review of young people’s wellbeing - finds that seven per cent of 10- to 15-year-olds are not happy with their lives overall ...

DfE in England have published updated information to let senior mental health leads know how they can book and apply for a training grant...

New whole-school wellbeing guidance for English schools published by DfE and Public Health England.

The study, launched in summer 2020, is one of the few that repeatedly asks younger teenagers about their experiences of the pandemic...

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

Film can help pupils to understand their own emotions and develop empathy. Into Film have ...

Children watch an animation of characters from the Inside Out movie and have to guess the feeling ...
However weird you feel inside, you’re not alone. That’s the message of this animated short film created for Childline.

Practical tools

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 ...

Julie from The SEAL Community has done an incredibly boring but incredibly useful job of mapping SEAL against the new curriculum...

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 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...

Families Connect is a programme developed by Save the Children UK to help parents support their children’s learning in the home...

In this non-experimental study researchers analysed data on 740 children who took up one-to-one counselling...

Top resource

Imagine a world where everyone is kind...

Expandaball
This expanding ball is great for teaching mindful breathing...

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 on their own when they begin to feel worried; these are printed onto a fan to keep in their pocket or bag.