SEL matters within all classrooms; not only can it improve academic performance, but perhaps more importantly it leads to a development in attitudes, behaviour and social relationships This in turn leads to a reduction in emotional distress and bullying . In the wake of the current climate, surely these gains far outweigh the importance of data and performance, particularly for learners who find developing the nuances of these softer social and emotional skills and situations more challenging.
But is there suitable and sufficient training available for school staff to deliver SEL? Particularly to support learners with SEND and to have the impact that young people need? The results from the Social and Emotional School Survey found that only 36% of schools involved reported that almost all of their staff, including those without teaching responsibilities, had received SEL training . This suggests there is still work to be done to ensure that provision across all schools is more consistent.
To help those in education settings deliver SEL to learners with ASD and those who find interpersonal communication more challenging, BlueSky is pleased to be launching two new modules to the BlueSky Learning library. These have been developed by Kate Taylor who has vast experience in SEND leadership having worked within Special Educational Needs and Inclusion in a wide range of settings for over 20 years. The powerful tools of Social Stories™ and Comic Strip Conversations™ are explained and demonstrated, and practical advice on how these approaches can be best utilised and adapted to the needs of individual learners is explored. The first session in each module focuses on the background of these approaches, whilst the second session is a chance to explore practical application. Watch the Taster and learn how you can start to implement these tools in your classroom today.
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