Activity 5

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

'Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning' (SEAL) is a comprehensive approach to the promotion of social and emotional skills in the primary classroom, introduced in England and Wales by the Primary National Strategy in 2005. The aim of the approach is to help to promote positive behaviour and effective learning.

READ: Read about the SEAL approach in the Primary National Strategy publication, Excellence and Enjoyment: social and emotional aspects of learning, published by the DfES in 2005.

REFLECT: Why are social and emotional aspects of learning, such as self awareness, managing feelings, motivation,  empathy and social skills considered to be so important in the SEAL approach?

REFLECT: To what extent did you find evidence that any elements of these SEAL approaches were adopted in the classrooms which you have visited or worked in recently?

WRITE: Make a list of four or five ways in which teachers (in either primary or secondary phases of education) could make the most of SEAL resources in creating a positive classroom ethos. Provide some detail of the key features of each.

(Allow 25 minutes)