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Developing students' social-emotional skills: 10 classroom strategies​


As part of a whole-school approach to students’ personal development and social-emotional skills, Dr Leila Khouja Walker offers 10 practical strategies to enable every teacher of every subject to play their part.

The relationship between social-emotional skills and wellbeing is well documented. However, in 2021 the OECD reported that the average 10-year-old had better social-emotional skills than the average 15-year-old. Meanwhile, employers continue to cry out for skilled employees. 

The Guardian reported recently just how “fundamental” that emotional wellbeing is for academic attainment – 213 school-based, social, and emotional learning programmes demonstrated an average 11% boost in results. The research concluded that whole-school approaches to SEL strongly correlate with higher attainment.

Ultimately, investing resources in SEL will serve you and your students well.

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