Tools and supports if you’re worried about social and emotional learning

Tools and supports if you’re worried about social and emotional learning

If you, your learner or their whānau have any concerns about your learner’s social and emotional learning (SEL), you’ll need to design learning experiences that support wellbeing and social and emotional learning.

Here are some resources to support individual responses. Make sure you include social and emotional learning every day through local curriculum design, so it is not left to chance and to support you to respond. 

Social and emotional learning will be of critical importance to students returning to school. Students are likely to feel anxiety, uncertainty and may struggle to find their place – they need to connect, feel like they belong and are safe.

Noticing and responding to SEL using the NZC Key Competencies

We have been working to make it easier to notice and respond to social and emotional learning using the key competencies in The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). We’ve identified 10 elements that activate the Key Competencies of 'Managing self' and 'Relating to others'. This work is continuing as the New Zealand Curriculum is refreshed. 

We identified these 10 elements by exploring research, from Aotearoa and internationally, as well as consulting our kaiako, whānau and ākonga, school leaders and experts. This information introduces the 10 elements and suggests ways to grow your SEL strategies using them.

The five elements of 'Relating to others'

He tūrangawaewae
Connection to place

He tirohanga whānui
Perspective taking

He hononga ki te hapori
Community connection

He āroa, he kanorau
Social awareness and diversity

Tū tangata
People of inspiration

The five elements of 'Managing self'

He tuakiri, he reo, he tikanga, he mātāpono
Identities, languages, cultures and values

Mahi tahi

He mauri, he wero
Understanding emotions and meeting challenges

He ihumanea, he toa
Intuition and bravery

Mana Motuhake

You can read more about these 10 elements at Social and Emotional Learning – Resource collections.

Ata and Oho resource collections

We have developed a social and emotional learning resource collection for teachers to use with ākonga across all areas of the curriculum. These resources are designed to help ākonga develop a better understanding of themselves and others through developing social and emotional skills, strategies and knowledge in different contexts.

You can access Ata and Oho at Health and Physical Education Online.

Additional resources to help understand social and emotional learning

For ideas for learning opportunities you can use with your class or for groups of students, there is content for supporting wellbeing on the Learning from Home website or through Papa Kāinga TV (on-demand programmes and lesson plans).

Guide to Behaviour and learning provides some practical approaches to strengthen behaviours that promote learning and minimise behaviours that disrupt and inhibit learning.

Te Rito Toi helps teachers work with children when they first return to school following major traumatic or life changing events.