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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

Young Minds have released their latest wellbing Advent Calendars, for pupils and staff. Really useful . Find them here

Don't miss these primary assembly and teaching resources for World Kindness Day, developed by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Pengion Random House and Charlie Mackesy, author of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. Find them at ...

According to NHS figures, the number of antidepressant prescriptions being given to GPs has now exceeded one million per year.

Help build the #EmpathyGeneration Empathy Week, the global initiative for schools, will be back for a fifth year from 26th February - 1st March 202

Back in 2015 the primary SEAL resources were chosen by the Chinese Ministry of Education as the basis for a pilot social and emotional learning curriculum in five provinces in China. Julie Casey and other members of the SEAL Community visited China regularly to provide support.

We’ve just heard that the programme is now very much alive and running in eight provinces , and that there are plans to develop a national secondary SEL curriculum to follow on ...

Sharing practice

Last year a group of London schools worked together on a project to tackle social, emotional and mental health needs.

One school in the US has turned a room into a brilliant social and emotional learning centre.

Eight schools in the Pentrehafod cluster in Swansea (seven primary, one secondary) did some great work with the organisation EmpathyLab.

RULER is a well-researched American SEL programme which uses four main tools: a class or school Charter, a Mood Meter, tools to m

At Sebright Primary in Hackney, November is ‘kindness month’.

Resource roundup

We love this short animation and activity from Young Minds to help young people identify what is causing them stress and what they can do to help reduce it. It explains how genetics and other factors influence the size of our stress bucket, determining how much stress it can hold before it overflows. It also explains ...

Many schools are using Now Press Play to provide virtual reality curriculum experiences for their children. There are some new PSHE experiences (‘Healthy Relationships’) for KS1 and 2 which teach pupils about empathy and kindness, as well as how to navigate tricky friendships...

If you’ve been teaching your class how the nervous system and the fight/flight response works, check out GoNoodle’s

There are some great tips here from Young Minds about how to make self-soothe boxes to help them with self-regulation when anxious or upset – written by young people for young people, and with video .

Check out tips from the brilliant Pooky Knightsmith and a secondary exam stress resource from Public Health England. It includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint, tips for pupils and accompanying videos. Using the concept of designing an 'exam buddy' app to help them ...

Practical tools

Yes you can! Tell the class a story based on the picture book Ordinary Mary and the Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson...

Help children understand that ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’  by playing Just Like Me:

We came across a new metaphor for explaining to children how the brain works and really liked it. It goes like this.

Combine primary maths work on graphing and coordinates with social and emotional learning using RULER’s mood

If your school isn’t ready for a full, taught social and emotional curriculum then try this approach from Nicole Green ...

New research

This study reminds us that screening children for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and giving them a score is not useful....

A recent study has found that secondary schools which prioritised social- emotional development had double the positive long-term impact on students as compared to those that focused solely on improving test scores. ..

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (NSCDC) in the US have summarised research on the resilience factors that

Many European countries are now using a social and emotional learning curriculum called PROMEHS, which has been found to improve students’ mental health, with an increase in prosocial behaviour and a decrease in both internalising and externalising difficulties, according to teachers’ and parents’ evaluations ...

This study looked at what happened when Chicago Public Schools adopted restorative practices.

An outside organisation provided training to school staff that emphasized less punitive and more reparative strategies when engaging with students (for example, developing restorative mindsets and language in school staff, creating and implementing restorative protocols and processes in response to disciplinary incidents, and strengthening student-teacher relationships)....

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...