ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

Croeso and Welcome to our school ELSA page!

We are pleased to be able to share information with parents about Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA).
The school's approach to emotional literacy support as a fundamental basis for education of the whole child is something we are extremely proud to offer.
On this page we will also post ideas and helpful advice on how parents and carers can help their child with their emotional literacy at home.

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 of the areas the ELSA may work on:

  • Recognising emotions
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Friendship Skills
  • Anger management
  • Loss and bereavement

ELSAs are not there to fix children's problems; they provide emotional support, encourage new skills and introduce coping strategies that allow children to manage their social and emotional demands more effectively.

How does ELSA work?

Children are usually referred for ELSA support by their class teacher but parents may request ELSA support for their child. Children are seen according to their level of need. Most pupils referred for ELSA will have sessions every week 1:1 or in a small group.
ELSA sessions take place in The Orchard which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured. Sessions are fun, using a range of activities such as: games, role-play with puppets or therapeutic activities such as mindfulness or arts and craft. ELSA support helps pupils learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them, it provides the time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they manage them. Most ELSA programmes will last for a term, helping the child to learn some new specific skills or coping strategies but most of all it is a chance for them to talk and a chance for us to listen. By doing this our children who benefit from our ELSA support can make huge strides in their progress, confidence, belief and become positive learners who are better placed to achieve their potential.

How can I help as a parent or carer?

  • By informing the class teacher or ELSA if there are any issues that may be affecting your child

Our school ELSA is: Mrs Keri Nicholas

Mrs Nicholas is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy and is supported by the local Educational Psychology team regularly attending supervision session throughout the year. If you feel your child would benefit from this programme or would like any more information please contact Mrs Nicholas, your child’s class teacher or Mrs Edwards (ALNco and Assistant Head).


ELSA activities for you and your child - please see the links and documents below.

Click on the star to see the activities.




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