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Health Education

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on the introduction of well-being classes in schools. (187586)

Schools have a statutory duty to promote pupils’ well-being. An important contribution to this is developing pupils’ social and emotional skills. To help schools do this, the Department is rolling out the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme, a comprehensive whole-school approach which includes a focus on school climate, learning opportunities for whole classes, learning and teaching approaches and continuing professional development for the whole staff of a school. Since the primary SEAL programme was launched in June 2005, over 60 per cent. of primary schools have started to implement SEAL, and we expect the first 15 to 20 per cent. of secondary schools to implement SEAL by July 2008. By July 2011, all schools will have had the opportunity to be supported to implement SEAL.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether schools that participated in the social and emotional aspects of learning programme showed an improvement on emotional well-being measures included in Ofsted TellUs surveys. (187587)

The TellUs survey provides an indicator of the quality of children’s services at national and local authority level. It cannot be used to measure the progress of individual schools participating in the SEAL programme.