What is ELSA?

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 trained as 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. 

What is ELSA?

Through ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs such as… 

How does ELSA work? 

Children are referred for ELSA support by their class teacher, senior leader or SENDCo. We then identify and prioritise which children require a weekly programme or if more appropriate put supported strategies in place within a class setting. ELSA programmes run for 6-12 weeks. With the programme set we then plan support sessions to facilitate the pupil in developing new skills and coping strategies that allow them to manage social and emotional demands more effectively. 

Help for parents 

Take a look at the free resources on the ELSA support website. If you would like support or any further information, please contact your child's class teacher.

Summer Support Resource for Parents and Carers.pdf
ELSA (2).pdf
ELSA Newsletter July 2024.pdf

For more information about ELSA go to www.elsanetwork.org