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Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

“Students who are anxious, angry or depressed don’t learn; people who are in these states do not take in information efficiently or deal with it well… when emotions overwhelm concentration, what is being swamped is the mental capacity cognitive scientists call ‘working memory’, the ability to hold in mind all information relevant to the task at hand.” (Goleman, D. 1995)
There are five broad aspects of learning in SEAL: 
  • Self Awareness 
  • Managing Feelings 
  • Motivation 
  • Empathy 
  • Social Skills 
SEAL is based upon the notion that skills are effectively learnt through:
  • A whole school approach to creating the climate and conditions for learning that implicitly promote the skills and allow these to be practised and consolidated
  • Direct and focused learning opportunities (during tutor time, specialist SEAL days, and across the curriculum) 
  • Using learning and teaching approaches that support students to learn new skills and consolidate those already learnt 
The school has made a commitment to implementing SEAL by: 
  • Identification of a named teacher to act as co-ordinator 
  • Identification of SEAL as a priority in the School Improvement Plan 
  • Staff in school share good practice and are developing effective teaching and learning approaches to SEAL
  • Embedding family SEAL activities into our practice
  • Recognising and celebrating emotional and social achievement on a par with academic achievement 
  • Regular assemblies exploring and addressing SEAL citizenship and human rights issues