Children: Mental Health

Education written question – answered on 4th May 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department holds information on levels of emotional intelligence in children.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The only information held by the Department on the levels of emotional intelligence in pupils comes from the two evaluations of the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning programme which were published in 2008 and 2010. These evaluations included measures of pupils' social and emotional skills, mental health difficulties, and behaviour problems.

A national evaluation of SEAL in secondary schools conducted by Manchester University was published in October last year. The evaluation can be accessed at:

https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-RR049

An evaluation of primary SEAL was published in 2008. The review can be accessed at:

https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DCSF-RB064

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