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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

A new initiative to help support children's mental health is being launched, which will see school pupils complete mental health “check-ins”.

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%.

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

With the SEAL themes Going for Goals/Keep on Learning in mind, we are always on the lookout for films that show people stri

These secondary resources from Equal Rights, Equal Respect help students understand the experience of others.

We have co-authored a new guide on simple strategies that secondary subject teachers can use to promote mental health and wellbei

We thoroughly recommend these great slide decks from Pear Deck, covering helping a new class bond

These very good free resources have been designed to support pupils either side of the KS2-KS3 transition – to help them develop a growth mindset,

Practical tools

Try the weather check-in: If your mood were the weather, what what would it be?” For example, if you’re angry it could be a thunderstorm, or if you

Try this assembly, from primary teacher Deborah Jenkins.

In a start-of-the-year survey, include an open-ended question like “Is there anything I should know about you as a learner to help you be successfu

Top tips on creating a SEL-friendly classroom environment- we suggest ...

The idea of talking about ‘moving through emotions productively’ rather than managing them.

New research

Experiencing maltreatment in childhood can have a lasting impact on how individuals identify, understand, and experience emotions.

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....

Top resource

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

Imagine a world where everyone is kind...

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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.