Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

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What is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant?

The name of our ELSA in school is Mrs Shelley Smith; she is also the Assistant Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

An ELSA is a member of staff with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by Educational Psychologists. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential socially and academically.  Their aim is to remove any barriers to their learning or wellbeing and to have happy, healthy pupils in school and at home.

ELSA support can be requested by parent/carers if a child is going through a particular difficult time in their life, or if they have concerns about their child’s mental health or emotional wellbeing. An ELSA will help children learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. They can provide time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they can manage them.

Some of the areas the ELSA may work on:

  • Loss and bereavement
  • Parent separation
  • Support through a serious illness
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills
  • Emotions
  • Friendship issues
  • Anger management
  • Behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Conflict
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