Many schools now recognise the importance of social and emotional skills to success in future life, and provide teaching strategies which promote positive thinking, resilience and confidence, and there is now strong and consistent evidence to prove the impact of such teaching in a school setting. (See reference below.)
The Teacher Guidance Document produced by the PSHE Association in March 2015 is extremely helpful in identifying teaching goals for each Key Stage. This material links well with its targets for KS3.
For example, pupils should have the opportunity to ‘recognise their personal strengths..’, ‘to understand that self esteem can change with personal circumstances..’, ‘to develop the communication skills of active listening, negotiation…’ and ‘to recognise the way in which personal qualities and attitudes are evaluated by others’.
This new intervention follows the format of the Talking About series and contains 10 large illustrations of challenging scenarios leading to a variety of positive and negative emotions and/or personal qualities such as jealousy, loneliness, ambition and courage. Each scenario shows four ways to deal with the situation, some appropriate and some not. Prompt questions to be used by teaching staff or speech and language therapists are included. The resource also has a wide range of extension activities to use with the group or the individual.
Reference: Early Intervention Foundation. What works in enhancing social and emotional skills development during childhood and adolescence? A review of the evidence on the effectiveness of school based and out of school programmes in the U.K. Clarke A, Morreale S, Field C, Hussein Y, and Barry M. (February 2015.)
Aims: This intervention can be used in the teaching, recognition and development of social and emotional skills.
Age Range: 11-13 years (developmental age).
Targets: Life skills, social skills, PSHE.
Format: PDF file, 47 A4 pages of instructions and colour illustrations. 21 pages of black and white illustrations.
Available as a download, 44MB or on CD.