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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: SENCO@wessexprimary.org