getting on and falling out

Always leave one desk empty ...


This is a lovely strategy used by teacher Michael Dunlea to help ensure that students experience a sense of belonging in his classroom.

Another bumper resource collection for Getting on/Learning to be together

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Here you will find:

Some classroom ideas for building a sense of community

Lessons in empathy: a nice primary lesson idea about welcoming a newcomer

Space Tortoise- a book to use for primary work on welcoming strangers

The Suitcase - A lovely picture book about kindness to strangers

A great primary/early secondary assembly Stop bullying with a tube of tooothpaste

A colllection of resources for teaching about diversity and for the Prevent duty

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Here we have uploaded 

- a primary or secondary assembly or lesson  resource (slides with teacher notes)on valuing diversity and difference,  from Tower Hamlets. Includes a fabulous slide picture asking Would you want to live in a world wher everyone looked the same?

- a set of secondary lessons (slides with notes)  to meet the Prevent duty , also from Tower Hamlets. Covers prejudice, empathy with refugees, understanding what is and isn't true.

Choose kind

'Be the nice kid' is a heartwarming film about the importance of kindness, made by children in an Aberdeenshire school.

Children at Dunnottar School in Stonehaven are urging people to "choose kindness". The students act out a range of scenes in which a pupil has the courage to intervene when a child is being bullied, which is intercut with a performance of the song A Million Dreams from the hit film, The Greatest Showman.

The video starts with a simple plea from the students: "Be the nice kid."

New picture book ideas for Getting On and Falling Out

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For Getting on and Falling out we’ve a new picture book list covering friendship, anger and seeing things from different perspectives .

New resource compendiums

For the SEAL Community website we have uploaded ideas on how families can use One Page Profiles to help teachers get to know their new class, plus some great tutor group ideas for building belonging and resilience.

Find them at

We have more in commmon than that which divides us

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You may not have taken part in the summer Great Get Together event to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP, who was killed because of her beliefs. But you can still use the nice classrooom activities from the resource pack devised by the Jo Cox Foundation, which help childen learn that they have lots in common with others they may feel different from. We've uploaded the primary and secondary packs here.

You'll also like this film 'The DNA journey- we are more alike than we think'-

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