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Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

What is SEAL? (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning)

SEAL  is a whole-school approach to helping children develop the social,
emotional and behavioural skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, relationships and success.


Why do we need SEAL in our school?


A changing society

  • A changing society – a recognition that schools need to be part of the solution
  • 1 in 10 young people between 5-15 suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder (3 in every class) These children are more likely to have academic and interpersonal difficulties and to use drugs, alcohol and attempt suicide.


So...In a school like ours (200 pupils) this means:

•10 with depression

• 2 affected by eating disorders

• 20 experiencing ‘significant distress’

• 2 - 4 with obsessive compulsive disorder

• 1-2 attempting suicide (



What skills does SEAL aim to develop? 


Self-awareness + self-valuing
Managing feelings
Goal setting and achieving
Persistence and resilience
Responsibility and autonomy
Social skills
Problem-solving + conflict management