Jenny has always been a great supporter of the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) approach and, as you may know, was a big contributor to the national materials.
She’s now very kindly giving us the chance to tell you about a new initiative – ‘The SEAL Community’, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote, share and develop the excellent SEAL work that so many schools and settings have been engaged in over the past few years.
We were very involved in the original development of SEAL and it is dear to our hearts. It seemed to us a shame that, with the demise of the National Strategies and (in some areas) local authority support, there were no longer opportunities to easily access materials, share practice, make connections with other SEAL practitioners.
For this reason we have set up a network that schools and other interested people can subscribe to at low cost –just enough to cover the administration involved, including maintaining a SEAL Community website.
If you decide to join, you’ll be able to get answers to questions about SEAL, access and share lesson plans, assemblies and training materials, and join on-line forums in areas of interest. You can keep up to date with new SEAL resources and web-based materials with no need to search yourself – we’ll do it for you! There is also a regular newsletter with practical tips, ideas, case-studies, resource reviews and a roundup of news, policy and research.
Joining is quick and easy, and you can pay your yearly subscription by cheque or online. Just visit www.sealcommunity.org. Currently it costs £30 for individuals , £50 for schools and £75 for local authorities – but the more members we get, the lower we can keep costs so do please pass the word on.
We look forward to keeping the SEAL flag flying with you!
With best wishes,
Jean Gross CBE and Julie Casey M.Ed., C. Psychol