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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

What is emotional literacy?
There will always be children in school facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others.

What is an ELSA and how can they help?
ELSAs are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants.  They are Teaching Assistants who have had special training from educational psychologists to support the emotional development of children in school.  ELSAs have regular professional supervision from educational psychologists to help them in their work.

ELSAs help children learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them.  They provide the time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how to manage them. 

Mrs Raheem and Mrs Cole are our School Emotional Literacy Support Assistants.  They can help with:

Anger management
Friendship issues
Loss and bereavement
Relaxation techniques
Social skills