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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 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.

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....

Resource roundup

We are VERY keen on sharing psychology and neuroscience with children; sometimes it seems that in the curriculum  we teach them to understand every

We have trawled the very best of the SEAL website for the most useful lessons, assemblies and videos on relationships.

For EYFS and Y1  check out these session plans and resources for work on the books Ravi’s Roar and Ruby’s Worry

Blackout! A cyber-attack has cut off all power across the UK. Shops have run out of food.

Practical tools

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

Why not  teach students to ‘stop, name, and react’ when they’re faced with a big feeling? 

1. What Do My Colours Say? Have students fill a sheet of paper with colour, lines, and shapes for two minutes.

We educate students about spotting fake news online but have we thought about the emotion component?...

In this experiment adults were asked to show where on their body they experienced various emotions , using warm colours ...

New research

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....

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...

Top resource

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

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.