ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed. The majority of work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in areas of social and friendships skills. ELSA sessions take place in a room which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.
We are delighted that two of our Teaching Assistants Mrs Colclough and Miss Hobson are training to become Emotional Literacy Support Assistants.
Emotional Literacy is having the awareness, knowledge, and ability to recognise your own and others’ emotions. Being able to verbalise how you are feeling and to understand how this can affect how your body feels is an important skill.