Research and analysis

Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) programme in secondary schools: national evaluation

This evaluation assessed the effect of SEAL on secondary pupils, staff and schools and examined its implementation.



Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) is a comprehensive, whole-school approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools.

The aims of this national evaluation of secondary SEAL were to assess the effect of secondary SEAL on a variety of outcomes for pupils, staff and schools, and to examine how schools implemented SEAL, with particular reference to the adoption of a whole-school approach.

The research combined quantitative and qualitative inquiry. The former was utilised mainly to provide data pertaining to the effect of secondary SEAL, and the latter was used primarily to provide insights into the implementation process.

Published 28 October 2010