At a Welsh provision that supports young people excluded from mainstream schools or at risk of exclusion, the curriculum includes explicit sessions using the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme – http://www.sealcommunity.org.
On entry, pupils rate their own social and emotional skill levels, using a booklet which offers six pupil friendly illustrated ‘quizzes’ focusing on the five aspects of learning in the SEAL programme. The quiz titles are:
- ‘My feel-good factor’ (focus on self-awareness)
- ‘In control?’ (focus on managing feelings)
- ‘Making it happen!’ (focus on motivation)
- ‘Mind-reading’ (focus on empathy)
- ‘My friendliness factor’ (focus on social skills)
From their ratings and adults’ ratings using a separate scale, targets for individual students are negotiated, support put in place, and progress tracked. This form of assessment is truly formative, as it promotes a deeper understanding of the skills themselves – what they mean, what they look like for that student, how they can be developed (as well as providing evidence of progress over time for parents, the local authority, and external inspection).
Source: From a blog by Jean Gross CBE, Early Intervention Foundation Trustee – http://bit.ly/1XDR93P