Our school now has two E.L.S.A.s (emotional literacy support assistants), Mrs Smith and Mrs Walker. An E.L.S.A. 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 ourselves and others.
· Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others.
· Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning.
Below are some of the areas an E.L.S.A. may work on. Please click on the highlighted area for further information.
How does an E.L.S.A. session work?
· A regular slot during the school week for 20-30 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 pupils progress will be reviewed on a half-termly basis, and shared with parents.
As a Parent/Carer how can I 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 class teacher if you have any questions.
This is an exciting scheme that we have introduced and have received great feedback on.
Of course, we recognise that parents sometimes need support too and we are proud to have a fantastic Sure Start centre on our site.