Hello and welcome to our school ELSA page!
We are very excited to be able to share information all about the ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support) program we offer in school.
ELSA Lead- Miss Emma Stevens
There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning. Some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.
The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. Sessions are fun, we use a range of activities such as: games, role-play with puppets or therapeutic activities such as mindfulness or arts and craft. ELSA sessions take place in our very own 'ELSA room- The Wellbeing Zone' which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.
Miss Stevens delivers ELSA sessions with children across all year groups. Mrs Young SENDCO coordinates the programme and works alongside Miss Stevens with referrals and reports.
In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:
Loss and bereavement
In a time when children have had so much change, they need time to talk through challenges, we recognise the importance and have supported children at home and at school. This regular intervention has a very positive impact on children's well being.
Here are some photographs our recent activities that children have completed whilst talking and discussing with Miss Stevens.
To access the ELSA programme parents are asked to fill in a referral form and together with the class teacher we plan out what intervention is going to take place and how long.
At the end of the intervention a report is produced to show whether a referral to CAMHS is needed or a different type of support in school.