Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
An ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy.
What is emotional literacy?
- Understanding and coping with the feelings about themselves 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.
- Social skills.
- Friendship skills.
- Anger management.
- Loss and bereavement.
How does ELSA work?
- A regular slot 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, art and craft and stories.
- They include time to talk.
- A pupil’s progress will be reviewed on a half-termly basis.
As a parent/carer, how can you help?
- By informing the class teacher if there are any issues that may be affecting your child.
- Please feel welcome to contact your child’s teacher or the ELSA if you have any questions.