At Bishopton, children often arrive with negative labels that impact how they view themselves and feel about their future.

SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) is a comprehensive, whole-school approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools.

At Bishopton, as well as threading SEAL throughout the school, we have also developed a clear subject SEAL curriculum which aims to develop the underpinning qualities and skills that help promote positive behaviour and effective learning, and allows children to develop their emotional literacy and character.

SEAL focuses on five social and emotional aspects of learning:

  • – self-awareness
  • – managing 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 also gives children the opportunity to learn about and develop character traits that will help now, and in their future, such as:

  • – aspiration
  • – self awareness and sensitivity
  • – communication
  • – team work
  • – growth mind-set

The approach and learning materials help learners develop skills such as understanding another’s point of view, working in a group, sticking at things when they get difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries.

Staff at Bishopton strongly believe that this is a core curriculum area, that addresses many of the reasons children have arrived with us.

Topics across the year are fluid, due to the changing cohort and needs of the children. An example of topic themes taught are:

  • – New Beginnings
  • – Getting on and Falling Out
  • – Bullying
  • – Good to be Me
  • – Going for Goals
  • – Relationships
  • – Changes
  • – Character
  • – Learning to be Together

Research suggests that there are a range of benefits in delivering a SEAL curriculum:

  • – Academic learning (achievement and attainment)
  • – Improved behaviour and attendance
  • – Reductions in bullying, violence and juvenile crime, in schools and the community
  • – Improved mental health, such as reduced stress, anxiety and depression in pupils and staff
  • – Health outcomes – reductions in teenage pregnancies and drug abuse
  • – Improved staff retention and morale.

If you wish to find out more about this curriculum area, then please ask to speak to Mrs Carr or Mr Waters.