Social and emotional learning for students is the second KidsMatter Primary component area.

Social and emotional learning is about developing the ability to care for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, and handle challenging situations. (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2003)

This component looks at the best ways of teaching social and emotional skills for all students.

KidsMatter provides the opportunity for the whole school staff to have:

  • a shared understanding of why this is so important to mental health and wellbeing
  • a common language for talking about it
  • a shared focus on planning for improvement both within and out of the classroom
  • the information they need for selecting the most appropriate social and emotional learning program for their context.

Target areas and goals make planning in this component more focused and effective.