In simple terms, we see social and emotional learning as a way of developing a child’s personal awareness, self-control, and socials skills in ways that will help them be successful in the classroom and later on as they enter the worlds of higher education and work.
But why is social and emotional learning ever so important? Because it covers how children process their own emotions and thoughts. We encourage them to explore their emotions and relationships in healthy ways so they’re making positive choices and can learn how to best cope with stressful situations when they arise.
It’s also about teaching empathy, so children are best able to understand the feelings of others - this is absolutely vital to help them develop life-long friendships and work relationships. Students with strong skills in these areas are better able to manage their time, can navigate relationships with ease, and are more likely to be deeply engaged with their school lessons.
From awareness to emotional regulation to relationship management and beyond, we see social and emotional learning as key aspect of a child’s education.
While the development benefits are clear, we also want to lay out some of the academic benefits too. Social and emotional learning is shown to reduce behavioural problems that can result from children undergoing stress, anxiety, or even depression.
We work hard to support children in developing key skills needed to have healthy relationships and make responsible choices. To put this into practice, social and emotional learning touchpoints have been incorporated into our curriculum to better prepare your child for future challenges, and it’s a key part of our offering.
Overall, we know social and emotional learning is important at any age, but we see it as especially vital in the Early Years and Primary school. Laying strong foundations at a young age means your child will have the skills to be successful all throughout their school years and beyond.
There are so many to try! Here are just a few activities you can try at home with your child:
Some proven strategies include modelling good behaviour, identifying ways to manage emotions, coaching through real-world situations, and more
We know that social and emotional learning is an essential skill for our students, and we work hard to integrate it into our curriculum so our students can build strong relationships with their follow students, teachers, and families.