An ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) 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 about ourselves and others,
- Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others,
- Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning.
Some of the areas ELSA may work on are:
- Recognising emotions,
- Self-esteem, ? Social skills,
- Friendship skills,
- Anger management,
- Loss and bereavement.
How does the ELSA work?
- A regular slot during the school day each week,
- lasting 30 minutes,
- Sessions are tailored to the child's individual needs,
- Sessions are fun and can include role play, board games, arts and craft, stories and music,
- They include time to talk,
- A pupil's progress will be review on a 6 week basis.
A parent/carer can help by:
- Informing the school if there are any issues which may be affecting your child,
- Contacting the child's class teacher or the school ELSA if they have any questions.
To contact our Family Support Worker ring the school office on 01865 373369 and ask for Gen Bullen or email [email protected]
Alternatively, speak to your child's class teacher who can arrange a phone call home.