New EEF podcast looks at social and emotional learning

Effective social and emotional learning (SEL) can increase positive pupil behaviour, mental health and well-being, and academic performance. 

Indeed, evidence from the EEF’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit suggests that effective SEL can lead to learning gains of +4 months over the course of a year. However, despite being seen as one of their top priorities by almost all primary schools, only just over one-third say that dedicated planning for SEL is central to their practice.

Our recent guidance report, Improving Social and Emotional Learning in Primary Schools, reviewed the best available research and offered school leaders six practical recommendations to support good SEL for all children.

In this episode of our podcast series, Trialled and Tested, we hear from EEF Head of Programmes and guidance report co-author, Matt van Poortvliet; Jean Gross CBE, another of the authors of the guidance report, and Liz Robinson, who sat on the EEF advisory panel; and headteacher, Mari Palmer, for her views on implementing SEL strategies.

Matt van Poortvliet: Start to 05:11

Jean Gross and Liz Robinson: 05:12 to 36:45

Mari Palmer: 36:46 to end

Full length: 44:59

‘Trialled and Tested’ is produced in partnership with Evidence Based Education. Previous episodes are available to listen to here.

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