Slinfold CE Primary School and Pre-School

Caring for each other, learning from each other, achieving with each other…guided by God

ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support

What do ELSA’s do?

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 met.


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' which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.


What can ELSA’s work on?

· Relationships

· Recognising emotions

· Social skills

· Friendships

· Self esteem

· Understanding anger

· Loss and bereavement 

· Anxiety

· Building resilience


 What are the benefits to ELSA support?

Children learn better and are happier if  their emotional needs are addressed . They learn to:


· Develop coping strategies and talk about difficulties.

· Interact more successfully with others.

· Develop greater self-awareness

· Manage school better and feel better about themselves.







Who is our ELSA?

Mrs Gibbs is our ELSA here at Slinfold. If you have any questions, feel free to speak with her, your child’s Class Teacher, Mrs Collins or Mrs Gibbs for further information regarding ELSA support.


How does ELSA work?

Children are usually referred for ELSA support by their Class Teacher, Senior Leaders or on occasion the Inclusion Leader (Mrs Collins). Every half term I meet with my Line Manager, Mrs Collins to discuss the referral forms and to identify and prioritise which children require a weekly programme for the next 6-8 weeks. With the programme aims in mind, we then plan support sessions to facilitate the pupil in developing new skills and coping strategies that allow them to manage social and emotional demands more effectively.



Supporting - not fixing


Remember, ELSAs are not there to fix children's problems. What we can do is provide emotional support.

We aim to establish a warm, respectful relationship with a pupil and to provide a reflective space where they are able to share honestly their thoughts and feelings.