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At Arco Academy, our intent is to teach students about the five Social Emotional competencies

Current studies show that people’s behaviour is associated with how they feel and their emotions are associated with how they learn. Teaching students to notice and identify these emotions and feelings can help them with development and learning.


This is the ability to recognize and understand your own emotions, thoughts and values, while understanding how they affect your behaviour. The focus is pinpointed towards understanding and assessing your personal strengths, while being aware that abilities and intelligence can be developed and improved.

The mains skills include:

  • Identifying emotions
  • Self-perception
  • Understanding strengths
  • Sel-confidence
  • Self-efficacy


The ability to manage and regulate your emotions and behaviour, these include managing stress, controlling impulses, keeping yourself motivated.

The main skills include:

  • Impulse control
  • Stress management
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-motivation
  • Goal-setting
  • Organisational skills

Social awareness

The ability to understand and empathise with other people from a range of diverse backgrounds and to understand social and ethical parameters of behaviour.

The main skills include:

  • Perspective-taking
  • Empathy
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Respect for others

Relationship skills

These involve the ability to develop and maintain healthy and positive relationships with others.

Which includes, being able to communicate clearly, listen, cooperate, resist peer pressure and negotiate conflict.

The main skills include:

  • Communication
  • Social engagement
  • Relationship building
  • Teamwork

Responsible decision-making

This is the ability to make informed responsible decisions about personal behaviour and interactions with others, based on accordance to ethical standards, safety concerns and normal social standards.

The main skills include:

  • Identifying problems
  • Analysing situations
  • Solving problems
  • Self-evaluation
  • Self-reflection
  • Ethical responsibility

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