Social and Emotional (SEAL)

What is SEAL?

The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) initiative was piloted by the DCSF (then DfES) in twenty-five English local authorities from September 2004. In June 2005 the materials were made available to all primary schools in England and funding given to local authorities to provide training and support to primary schools to implement and embed SEAL (from 3-11yrs).

The SEAL initiative aims to support children aged from 3-16 years to develop the personal and social skills of:

  • self-awareness
  • managing their feelings
  • motivation
  • empathy
  • social skills

These interpersonal and intrapersonal skills have been shown to improve learning and promote emotional health and wellbeing, alongside a range of other benefits to pupils, families and schools.

SEAL aims to provide an entitlement curriculum to develop social and emotional skills within a structured and progressive framework, offering class-based quality first-teaching to all children from 3-16yrs.

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Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

New beginnings

Getting on and falling out


Going for goals

Good to be me

Relationship changes