Empathy and Social Skills as Essential as High Marks


Social and emotional skills are simply vital for job interviews, workplace and society – and they should be encouraged in schools as well as at home.


[UKPRwire, Sat Nov 17 2007] “We all know how disruptive it can be for teachers and the whole class when just a small number of children are badly behaved and disruptive. These initiatives give teachers some powerful tools to make sure that good behaviour and respect are the norm in all schools.” Ed Balls has announced an additional £13.7m to improve behaviour in schools through the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme. Secondary SEAL builds on the success of the programme at primary level and focuses on developing skills in the following key areas: understanding oneself; management of feelings; motivation; empathy, and social skills.

Optimus Education will hold its next Secondary SEAL one-day national conference on 7 February 2008 in Birmingham.

This conference will provide SEAL and EQ coordinators, secondary school teachers, welfare officers and other interested parties with information on integrating secondary SEAL into their school, ensuring that every member of staff becomes involved in incorporating SEAL into all aspects of school life.

After the inaugural Secondary SEAL conference in London on 8 November, which sold out within five weeks, Optimus Education is now giving a second opportunity in Birmingham to meet and question leading experts who have been involved in developing SEAL and the practitioners who have successfully implemented it in their schools.

Professor Katherine Weare, developer of SEAL, will show the importance and practice of SEAL and Sue Morris-King, Her Majesty’s Inspector for Ofsted, will pronounce her key findings from the recent Ofsted report on the SEBs programme. Delegates can also attend interactive seminar sessions to help them use teaching styles, such as circle time and buddy schemes, and overcome potential barriers to implementing secondary SEAL.

More information on the next Secondary SEAL conference, in Birmingham on 7 February 2008, is available at www.cpd.info/seal.

Queries regarding this event should be directed to Sarah Winsor at sarah.winsor@optimuseducation.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7954 3411.


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Notes to editors:

1. The conference is one in a series of education events produced by Optimus Education.

2. The range of events available can be found at www.teachingexpertise.com/conferences (Teaching Expertise is owned and operated by Optimus Professional Publishing Ltd, of which Optimus Education is a brand).


3. Optimus Education has been running events for education professionals since 1999.

4. The inaugural Secondary SEAL conference, in London on 8 November 2007, sold out within five weeks at 270 delegates. The next event, on 7 February 2008, was set up in response to this demand and is expected to run easily past this number.


5. The Secondary SEAL conference aims to tackle the issue of teaching social and emotional aspects of learning for secondary schools. It is not relevant for primary schools.

6. The keynote speakers are Professor Katherine Weare, professor of education and developer of secondary SEAL, and Sue Morris-King, Her Majesty’s Inspector and author of Ofsted’s recently published report on the SEBs Programme. A representative from the School of Emotional Literacy will also be speaking at this event, along with a range of other education professionals. See the current list of speakers at www.cpd.info/seal/speakers.html.


7. Content enquiries to Sarah Winsor, the producer of this event, at sarah.winsor@optimuseducation.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7954 3411. Find more information at www.cpd.info/seal.

8. A limited number of press passes are available. Contact Dan Stone, conference marketing manager, at dan.stone@optimuseducation.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7954 3491.

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