What is ELSA?
ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. An ELSA is a teaching assistant who has had specialised training from educational psychologists. We as a school recognise that children learn better and are more content when their emotional needs are being addressed. The ELSA’s role is to support children and young people in school to understand and regulate their own emotions whilst respecting the feelings of those around them.
In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:
- Self esteem
- Anger Management
- Social Skills
- Loss and Bereavement
- Friendship skills
- Relaxation Techniques
How does ELSA work?
In our school we have one ELSA and a specialised ELSA room which provides a calm and safe atmosphere in which children can work with the ELSA to talk about their emotions, discuss strategies to support them and to provide a nurturing support system. Often children work individually in the ELSA room which allows the children to feel comfortable opening up and discussing worries that they may have. However on occasion children may work within a group which aid their social skills and development.
We have lots of fun in ELSA sessions and use a variety of different activities such as; playing games, role play, reading stories, drawing and colouring and crafts. In our school children are usually referred to the ELSA by the SENCO, Head teacher or class teacher. The class teacher fills out a referral form which informs the ELSA which areas the children may need support with.
Remember the ELSA is not there to fix children’s problems but to provide emotional support where possible. We build calm nurturing relationships with children to allow them to openly share their thoughts and feelings.
ELSA EMOJI Lunch Club
ELSA EMOJI is an exciting lunch club held once a week for half a term (approximately 6 weeks). Children in the club are selected by the ELSA, SENCO and head teacher to work on different skills in a small social setting. The ELSA sends out invitations to the selected children and an R.S.V.P must be completed by the children to inform the ELSA that they wish to attend the club.
The children in the EMOJI lunch club eat lunch together and then spend time in the ELSA room taking part in different games, listening to music and doing crafts whilst talking and chatting to peers to build on social skills. On occasions we also get the opportunity to go outside and play outdoor games with other children.
If you would like to find out more information about ELSA please follow the link below or click the link to download the ELSA leaflet.
Also if you think that your child may benefit from some additional emotional support please feel free to speak to Miss Martin (ELSA).