What is an ELSA?
An ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in your local education authority. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally. Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.
Please do talk to our ELSAs if you have any problems with your child.
Who are the ELSAs in school?
Mrs Helen Jackson and Mrs Ecob are the two trained ELSA's at our school.
What can an ELSA help with?
ELSAs can help with a wide variety of problems such as:
- Loss and bereavement
- Social Skills
- Friendship issues
- Anger Management
- Relaxation techniques
- A very angry child - The ELSA will take the child through an anger management intervention to help them recognise their anger triggers, techniques to avoid those triggers and calming down techniques.
- A loved pet has died - ELSAs are trained in bereavement and understand that the loss of a pet is probably the first experience of death for your child. They will work with your child to help them feel supported in school.
How do they work with your child?
The ELSA will plan their sessions for your child very carefully. The session consists of several parts.
A) Emotional Check in - This is an opportunity to talk about feelings.
B) Main Activity - The ELSA will plan the activity to a learning objective. Something your child will be able to do at the end of the session that they cannot do now. This is usually an 'I can' statement such as 'I can tell you about my strengths' (a self-esteem objective). The ELSA will encourage your child to tell you about their talents or personal characteristics such as 'kind', 'caring', 'helpful' or 'brave'. The child will then make something to reinforce those strengths.
C) Relaxation - Your child will be taught a relaxation exercise to help get them ready to o back to class. Your child will now be able to answer the question 'I can tell you about my strengths'.