Social and emotional learning - Fostering skills for today’s classrooms

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Watch this webinar to learn what social and emotional learning (SEL) means for both students and teachers in the classroom.

11 June 2019 | Duration: 70 mins

Speakers: Carmel Cefai, University of Malta; Rita Arundel, Headteacher at East Hunsbury Primary School; Kelly Roberts, teacher at Mainstream School; Lisa Greenough, teacher and Special Education Needs expert

In today’s classrooms mastering students’ collaboration and communications skills are as important as their academic skills. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) has become a coordinating framework for educators to promote their social, emotional, and academic learning, while enhancing students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.

In this webinar we focus on what SEL is, and what it means for both students and teachers in the classroom.

Watch the recording:



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Carmel Cefai PhD, FBPS, is the director at the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, and Professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta. He is Honorary Chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence, joint founding editor of the International Journal of Emotional Education, and a member of the European Commission Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training. He has led various local, national, European and international research projects in social and emotional learning, mental health in schools, and resilience and wellbeing in children and young people. He has published extensively and recent publications include RESCUR Surfing the Waves, A Resilience Curriculum for Early Years and Primary Schools; Mental Health Promotion in Schools: Cross Cultural Narratives and Perspectives; and Strengthening Social and Emotional Education as a core curricular area across the EU: Review of the International Evidence.

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Rita Arundel is headteacher of East Hunsbury Primary School  in Northampton, England. East Hunsbury Primary School is an Inclusive school with an IQM flagship award for its successful inclusive practice. The school caters for 470 pupils aged 4-11 years, including 40 pupils with  Severe Learning Difficulties who are taught in five small classes within a Specialist Unit which is part of the school. Kelly Roberts has been a teacher for 7 years and teaches a class of 30 children in the Mainstream School, including children with special educational needs such as ASD and ADHD. Lisa Greenough has been teaching for 18 years and teaches in the Specialist Provision Unit for children with Significant Learning  Difficulties, Physical Difficulties and Global Delay.

Together with Julia Fenton (Assistant Head) who cannot join us for the Webinar, they took part in a project which explicitly taught children to understand and manage their feelings and emotions. The project was called SMILE. The UK SMILE Team successfully worked with a school in Spain, Romania, Croatia and Italy creating lesson plans and resources for teachers to use in the classrooms with children aged 3 years to 11 years and included lessons specifically designed to use with children with SEN.