Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

SEAL is a whole academy subject started off by a Friday assembly based on six termly themes which are then further sub-divided into weekly themes.

Curriculum for Life

At Friars Academy, we aim to prepare our students to face challenges in their adult lives. Our bespoke curriculum area ‘Curriculum for Life’ is integral in enabling students to become healthy, happy and responsible members of society. Curriculum for Life includes: Personal, Social, Health and
Economic Education (PSHE); Relationships and Sex Education (RSE); Careers Guidance (CEIAG); LIFE Skills; Social and Emotional Aspects of Literacy (SEAL); Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural Education (SMSC) and Helping Pupils Achieve More (previously Every Child Matters).

PSHE (including aspects of CEIAG)

The PSHE Programme aims to develop the following skills:

  • the ability to distinguish between right and wrong
  • talk about their own attitudes and values
  • take responsibility for their own actions
  • begin to recognise the moral dimension to a situation
  • begin to understand the long and short term consequences of their actions for themselves and others
  • develop for themselves a set of socially acceptable values and principles and set guidelines to govern behaviour
  • recognise their values and attitudes may change over time
  • behave consistently in accordance with their principles


RSE is taught within the PSHE curriculum. This may be in lessons or form learning time. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and some aspects are included in the Ethics
curriculum. Pupils may also receive stand-alone sex education sessions delivered by a trained health professional.

The teaching of RSE at Friars Academy is respectful of all cultural and religious differences. RSE focuses on giving young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds including: Families; Respectful relationships, including friendships; Online
and media; Being safe.

Life Skills

Our curriculum includes a range of opportunities to develop life skills through the experience of daily activities both on and off site. There is a strong emphasis on working in partnership with families to ensure the teaching of life skills supports the transition of skills in school, at home and in their future lives.

Life skills are an essential to pupils’ present and future pathways because:

  • they ensure pupils can be independent and responsible members of the community
  • they enable pupils to understand what makes for good relationships with others
  • they develops respect for others
  • they enable pupils to be aware of safety issues
  • they develop positive and active members of a democratic society
  • they strengthens pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem
  • they enable pupils to make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • they help to develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community
  • they develop pupils knowledge and understanding of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle

Life skills can support understanding in other curriculum areas by providing a context and perspective for study and by providing specialist skills to allow this to take place.

Helping Pupils Achieve More

We address ‘Helping Pupils Achieve More’ outcomes by offering a range of opportunities:

Be Healthy

We provide a secure and stable environment where pupils can make informed decisions about their physical and emotional health. The academy ensures that pupils are constantly supported in a safe and nurturing environment where all pupils have a voice.

Stay Safe

We provide a secure and stable environment where pupils feel cared for. The academy ensures that pupils are constantly supported in a safe and nurturing environment where diversity and difference is celebrated.

Enjoy and Achieve

At Friars Academy, we want all our learners to enjoy their Life skills lessons by actively participating in a range of engaging approaches to learning -Thinking Skills, practical experiences, work experience opportunities, decision-making exercises, OSL experiences, visitors, community work, role plays and debates. We constantly evaluate our practice by listening to the pupil and staff voice.

Make a Positive Contribution

At Friars Academy we develop self-confidence, responsibility, and enterprising behaviour in lessons. All pupils actively contribute to decisions affecting the school community. Clear and consistent boundaries mean that pupils make important decisions about their own behaviour and positive
behaviour is expected, encouraged and rewarded in its own right and as an expression of social consciousness and moral responsibility. Recognition of individual worth and development of improved self-esteem are at the heart of everything we do. Pupils learn to express their views with confidence,
while listening very well to the opinions of others. Pupils develop knowledge and understanding that will enable them to become informed citizens and valued members of their community.

Achieve Economic Wellbeing

At Friars Academy, our pupils develop skills that will contribute to their future economic and personal well-being. Life skills teaches pupils a range of skills that will support them now and in the future.


SEAL themes are covered in assembly times, social time and across other areas of the curriculum. It forms an integral part of curriculum for Life and the ethos of the academy.

SEAL has 5 main areas:

Self – awareness

Is about knowing your emotions, recognising feelings as they occur and being able to tell them apart.

Managing feelings

Is the ability to handle feelings so they are relevant to the current situation and you react appropriately.


Is about ‘gathering up’ your feelings and directing yourself towards a goal, despite self-doubt, apathy or impulsiveness.


Is the ability to recognise feelings in others and tune into their verbal and non – verbal cues.

Social skills

Is about handling interacting with others, sorting out conflict and negotiation.