Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL): The evidence. Natalie O’ Neill Rhondda Cynon Taf & Merthyr Tydfil Educational & Child Psychology Service. SEAL is.
Natalie O’ Neill
Rhondda Cynon Taf & Merthyr Tydfil
Educational & Child Psychology Service
“a comprehensive, whole-school approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools.”
(DCFS, 2007, p.4)
Some social and emotional skills/aspects of emotional literacy are positively correlated with attainment in some areas, whilst others might be neutral or negatively correlated.
5000+ questionnaires = 100% head teachers: SEAL had a positive impact on children’s wellbeing and attitudes to school
SEAL = successful in developing children’s social skills and relationships
SEAL = improved attainment compared to schools not completing the programme
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“Employers are looking for more than just technical skills and knowledge of a degree discipline. They particularly value skills such as communication, team working and problem solving. Job applicants who can demonstrate that they have developed these skills will have a real advantage.”
Digby Jones, Ex-Director-General, Confederation of British Industry
Skills and experience of the facilitator
Commitment of school to SEAL
Availability of physical space to conduct sessions
Whole school approach
Engagement with parents/carers
Time and resource allocation
Staff with ‘will and skill’