Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process that helps people and children develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary to manage emotions, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Following the pandemic, when many younger children are struggling with socialisation, being away from their parents, being at school with others etc., it has become a critical aspect of primary school education. Hopefully, some of the issues caused by lockdown can be addressed and help children develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.
Here are some useful links for social and emotional learning for primary school children:
- The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues: The Jubilee Centre is a leading research and education centre at the University of Birmingham that focuses on the development of character, virtues, and values. Their website offers a range of resources on SEL and character education for educators, parents, and policymakers. https://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/1774/character-education
- The PSHE Association: The PSHE Association is a national organization that provides resources and support for the teaching of personal, social, health, and economic (PSHE) education in schools. Their website offers a range of resources on SEL, including lesson plans, guidance, and training. https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/social-and-emotional-learning-sel
- Mentally Healthy Schools: Mentally Healthy Schools is a website that provides free resources and advice to primary schools on how to support the mental health and wellbeing of children. Their website offers a range of resources on SEL, including lesson plans, activities, and guidance. https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/social-and-emotional-learning-sel/
- The Centre for Social Justice: The Centre for Social Justice is a think-tank that focuses on developing policies to tackle social problems. Their website offers a range of resources on SEL and character education, including reports, briefings, and case studies. https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/library/category/social-and-emotional-learning
- The Department for Education: The Department for Education is a government department that is responsible for education and children’s services in the UK. Their website provides guidance on SEL and character education in schools, as well as information on related policies and initiatives. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-social-health-and-economic-education-pshe/personal-social-health-and-economic-pshe-education
These resources offer a starting point for educators, educators and parents seeking to support the social and emotional development of primary school children.