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Tes focus on…Emotional regulation

Research fellow Louise Gilbert tells Christina Quaine why she believes teachers have a vital role in helping students to manage their feelings – and how emotion coaching can support better classroom relationships, at the same time as boosting wellbeing and attainment

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Schools are emotional places, and secondary schools can be particularly so. The fact that teenagers can find it difficult to regulate how they feel and act has been evidenced by numerous studies, and detailed extensively by Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore in her book Inventing Ourselves.

To help teachers support students in managing their emotions, there has been a wave of strategies in recent years aimed at getting young people of all ages to be attuned to their feelings. The Seal approach (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), brought in by the Labour government in 2005, is still ...

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