Hello, we are Miss Reeson and Mrs Willard and we are the school Emotional Literacy Support Assistants, also known as an ELSAs. ELSAs are trained and supported by Educational Psychologists and we attend regular top-up sessions to ensure that we can do the very best for the children we work with.
ELSA work aims to support the emotional development of children within school. As you can probably imagine, this is a very broad spectrum! Within our ELSA work we cover friendship issues and social skills, self-esteem, belonging, communication, recognition of and managing feelings and emotions, support through family changes and breakup, and behaviour and behaviour strategies. Sometimes our ELSA role is just being a listening ear for a child, and we run a drop-in session once a week for children to come and chat. An ELSA is also able to support children through grief or loss.