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Green Meadow – Mrs Woodward

An ELSA 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 of ourselves and others
  • developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others
  • being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning.

Some of the areas the ELSA may work on:

  • recognising emotions
  • self-esteem
  • social skills
  • friendship skills
  • emotional management
  • loss and bereavement.

How does the ELSA 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 pupil’s progress will be reviewed on a half-termly basis.

As a parent/carer, how can you 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 teacher or the ELSA if you have any questions.