SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning)
At Central Street we follow a programme called SEAL. SEAL provides a structured framework and resource for teaching social, emotional and behavioural skills as a whole school approach for all pupils, not just those with challenging behaviour.
The SEAL programme is organised into seven themes: New Beginnings, Getting on and falling out, Say no to bullying, Going for goals!, Good to be me, Relationships and Changes. Each theme is designed for a whole-school approach and includes whole-school assemblies and weekly classroom activities.The SEAL curriculum revisits each theme and associated skills.
Some of the skills that are explicitly targeted through SEAL are:
- To be effective and successful learners
- Make and sustain friendships
- Deal with and resolve conflict effectively and fairly
- Solve problems with others or by themselves
- Manage strong feelings such as frustration, anger and anxiety
- Recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties
- Work and play cooperatively
- Understand and value the differences between people, respecting the right of others to have beliefs and values different from their own.
Whole school assemblies
The children attend whole school assemblies on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The assemblies are often linked to the current SEAL themes (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) but may also be linked to seasonal events, festivals and celebrations or be delivered by special visitors. Collective worship is a part of each assembly. At Central Street, collective worship is mainly of a broadly Christian character, focussing on moral awareness, empathy, respect, responsibility and understanding of each other.
The parental right to withdraw a child from attending collective worship should be freely exercisable and we will respect any such request. Parents are not obliged to state their reasons for seeking withdrawal but must put their request in writing to the Head Teacher.