Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
An ELSA is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy.
What is emotional literacy?
Understanding and coping with the feelings of ourselves and others.
Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others.
Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning.
Some areas an ELSA may work on:
Loss and bereavement
How does the ELSA work?
A regular slot during the school week for 20-30 minutes.
In a quiet/private area.
Sessions can be individual or in a small group, tailored to the child’s needs.
Sessions are fun and might include role-play, puppets, board games, art and crafts and stories.
They include time to talk.
A pupil’s progress will be reviewed on a half-termly basis.
As a parent/carer, how can you help?
By informing the school if there are any issues that may be affecting your child.
Please feel welcome to contact the Headteacher or your child’s teacher if you have any questions.