Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

Various terms are used nationally and internationally to describe social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) including personal and social development, emotional literacy, emotional intelligence, and social and emotional competence and social, emotional and behavioural skills. However, all of these help to develop the five broad aspects of social and emotional learning:

  • self-awareness
  • managing feelings
  • motivation
  • empathy
  • social skills

At Weston, we are commited to developing these aspects to ensure we equip our pupils with the skills they will in order be successful in life. These skills are taught explicitly through our SEAL scheme of learning, which is delivered through weekly whole school assemblies and class assemblies. 

Children are taught how 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;
  • be able to promote calm and optimistic states that promote the achievement of goals;
  • recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties;
  • work and play cooperatively;
  • compete fairly and win and lose with dignity and respect for competitors;
  • recognise and stand up for their rights and the rights of others;
  • understand and value the differences and commonalities between people, respecting the right of others to have beliefs and values different from their own.

A broad range of evidence is now available to support claims for the effectiveness of work to develop children’s social, emotional and behavioural skills, in a number of areas:

  • greater educational and work success;
  • improvements in behaviour;
  • increased inclusion;
  • improved learning;
  • greater social cohesion


Contact Us

Telephone: 01928 574544


Headteacher: Ros Atkins

Weston Primary School,

Lambsickle Lane, Runcorn,

Cheshire WA7 4RA