Mrs Nicholson is our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and has received training from educational psychologists to enable her to carry out this role effectively. The role of the ELSA is to work closely with all staff and parents to identify children who would benefit from emotional development and support. The aim is to support and help children to reach their full potential and learn to understand their emotions. Barriers that may be stopping this could be moving house/school, bereavement, anxiety, bullying, lack of concentration, SEN, self-esteem, issues at home to name a few.

What does an ELSA do?

The ELSA will work with children on a one to one basis, in small groups and the whole school to:

  • support children to gain the most from school
  • raise attendance and punctuality awareness
  • develop positive behaviour awareness inside school, by increasing confidence and self-esteem in children, this in turn will raise a child’s potential to learn
  • be a familiar face who children and parents feel they can trust and talk to about issues they feel important – school/home
  • provide link between parents and school
  • liaise with outside agencies
  • support children’s transitions

The offer of support is available for you, the parent/carer. Please feel free to speak to Mrs Nicholson, any morning from 8.45-9.00am, to discuss any concerns/ worries you have or speak to your child's class teacher.