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ELSA- Emotional Literacy Support Assistant 
 
If children have worries about friendships, their home life or and pressures from changes in their circumstances we have two ELSA ( Emotional literacy support assistants) at school. Whilst some children might require extra help with literacy and numeracy, others will benefit from support with the emotional side of their development. 
 
Emotional literacy is 
  • Understanding and coping with feelings about ourselves and others
  • Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others
  • Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning 
This area of education is recognised as a vital aspect of all children's development and we are pleased to be able to offer support in a variety of areas which may include:
  • Recognising and expressing emotions 
  • Self esteem 
  • Social skills
  • Friendship skills 
  • Anger management 
  • Loss, bereavement or divorce. 
How does an ELSA work to help children?
  • A regular slot during the school week for 30 - 40 mins 
  • Sessions can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child's individual needs
  • Sessions are fun and might include role- play, puppets, bold games, art and craft and stories
  • Time to talk 
  • A pupils progress will be reviewed on a half termly basis. 
What if you are offered ELSA? 
  • Parents will be informed by letter if your child or class teacher has asked for ELSA support. Please feel welcome to come to meet your child's class teacher or the ELSA if you would like to have a chat or have any questions.