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ELSA Support


Many parents will be aware that we offer emotional support in school by a trained ELSA. This stands for ‘Emotional Literacy Support Assistants’.  Mrs Lisa Richards is our Lead ELSA at Wessex.  Below, is a little more about how she supports your children.


What exactly is Emotional Literacy?

  • Understanding and coping with feelings about ourselves and others
  •  Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others
  •  Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning


  Which areas will an ELSA spend time supporting children with:

  •  Self- esteem
  •  Social skills
  •  Friendship skills
  •  Anger management
  •  Loss and bereavement


  How do ELSAs work?

  • There is a regular slot for each child during the school week for 30-45 minutes
  •  Sessions can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child’s individual needs
  •  Sessions are fun and might include role-play, puppets, board games, arts and crafts and stories
  •  They include time to talk
  •  A pupil’s progress will be reviewed against pre-determined targets on a half termly basis


 How can parents be involved / help?

  • By informing the class teacher if there are any issues that may be affecting your child
  • By encouraging your child to speak to their teacher or Mrs Richards
  • Some of your children will know Mrs Richards hrough havingt 1:1 or group sessions.


If you think this is something that would benefit your child or you would like us to call you to chat this through further, then please email: