What is Social and Emotional Learning?
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) refers to the soft skills that are essential for your child's personal and social well-being. Having strong social and emotional skills can improve your child's school performance.
These skills will help your child to:
- Recognise and manage their own emotions.
- Develop a sense of responsibility, care and concern for others.
- Relate to others and develop positive relationships.
- Handle challenging situations.
- Make responsible decisions and act for the good of self, others and the society.
These skills must be taught and learnt within the broader context of values learning and application so that your child can understand the purpose and meaningfulness of acquiring these skills.
Why have SEL?
SEL is an essential part of your child's learning to help them prepare for life beyond school. It is critical that we provide a holistic education that involves the stimulation and training of both cognitive and affective domains of a child.
SEL is integral to our education framework for 21st century competencies and student outcomes, and is taught within the Character and Citizenship Education curriculum, which includes:
- Education and Career Guidance
- Sexuality Education
- Cyber Wellness
- Mental Health
- Family Education
- National Education
SEL increase our children's capacity to learn, give them the tools to navigate current and future real-world contexts and challenges, aspire them towards personal and professional achievements, enable them to experience personal satisfaction and contribute to the society.
How SEL is taught in schools
Your child will learn the social and emotional skills under these 5 key areas:
- Relationship management
- Responsible decision-making
These 4 main principles guide the teaching of SEL:
- Values are at the core of SEL to guide your child's behaviour.
- Social and emotional skills will help them face current and future challenges.
- School leaders and teachers are important role models.
- Equipped with SEL skills, students will be able to demonstrate good character and citizenship.
SEL and school culture
SEL is taught in a caring, supportive and safe school environment.
Your child's school experience will be enriched through:
- A positive relationship with their teachers and peers.
- Learning and practising their social skills.
- The support of parents to reinforce the SE skills at home. Learn more about the resources available for parents.