The Effects Of Social And Emotional Learning On Children Essay

1955 Words Dec 4th, 2016 8 Pages
The Department for Children, Schools and Families have recognised that Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) are the building blocks for future success in life for children, subsequently the Early Years Foundations Stage if required to make provisions for this (DfCSF, 2008). Similarly the Department for Education have outlined a National Curriculum where ‘All schools should make provisions for personal social health and Economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’, likewise identifying a need for the development of SEL in schools (National Curriculum, 2013).
There are multiple theories that propose how SEL occurs. Although Neurological, Psychological and Social theories imply the learning occurs in different ways, each theory ultimately emphasises that individuals will experience developmental difficulties later in life if they do not have solid foundations in place. It has been suggested that one of the main characteristics of the human brain is ‘functional plasticity’ (Thomas , M. and Knowland, V. 2009). Thomas and Knowland recommend that the human brain exhibits marked changes as children develop, which includes a reduction of neurons whereby up to half of all synapses are lost during late childhood. These ‘Sensitive Experiences’ open a window of opportunity where certain experiences may have a greater impact on brain development. For example, if a child is presented with traumatic experiences during one of these ‘Sensitive Periods’ their social and emotion…

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