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What is the relationship between SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) and PSHE education?

SEAL contributes to personal development by promoting social and emotional aspects of learning. It provides a framework and some ideas for teaching social and emotional skills within discrete lessons, across subjects and outside the classroom. PSHE education provides an invaluable contribution to learning the social and emotional skills that are identified in SEAL. SEAL in turn provides a framework that supports PSHE education.


The SEAL Curriculum

What are the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning?

The qualities and skills that help us manage life and learning effectively. There are five social and emotional aspects of learning:
  • Self-awareness – thinking about how well we know ourselves and can predict our behaviour.
  • Motivation – how working hard for things and achieving can make us feel good.
  • Empathy – being aware of other people and understanding how they might feel.
  • Social skills – being able to share, take turns and work together.
  • Managing feelings – being able to control ourselves, remain calm and solve problems peacefully.


Why is it important to develop these aspects of learning in the primary curriculum?

  • They are used in almost every aspect of our lives.
  • They help us to be effective learners.
  • They enable us to get on with other people.
  • They will help children to be responsible citizens.


What will the children do?

The children will study a theme each half term.

  • New Beginnings
  • Getting on and Falling Out
  • Going for Goals
  • Good to Be Me
  • Relationships
  • Changes