What is an ELSA?
An ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in your local education authority. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally. Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.
What can an ELSA help with?
ELSA's can help with a wide variety of problems such as:
- Loss and bereavement
- Social Skills
- Friendship Issues
- Anger Management
- Relaxation Techniques
What do ELSA's do?
ELSA's work closely with teachers to set clear objectives for individual children. The ELSA will then work on these objectives with the child individually or in a small group. Activities which target the needs of the child will be planned carefully by the ELSA's.
Will my child enjoy the ELSA sessions?
Yes of course! ELSA sessions are planned in advance and tailor made to suit the needs of the children. The sessions are designed to be fun and interactive to engage and motivate the child.
The ELSA may use a range of activities throughout the sessions which could include: games, puppets, role play, making things, talking and listening.
What if my child needs further help?
Your child's progress will be monitored closely during the ELSA programme. If the school or parent feels that the child needs further support the school has access to a range of external support services. ELSA's have close links with the school's Educational Psychologist.
What are the benefits of ELSA?
Children learn better and are happier if their emotional needs are addressed.
They learn to:
- Develop coping strategies and talk about difficulties
- Interact more successfully with others
- Develop greater self-awareness
- Manage school better and feel better about themselves
Who are the ELSA's in school?
Mrs E Bennett and Mrs E Knight.