What is an ELSA?
An Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in the Local Education Authority. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally. Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.
An ELSA will help children learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. They can provide time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they can manage them.
ELSA at our school
Our Elsa is Mrs Davie, she will help to support the children in our school who have difficulty with the following:
- Loss and bereavement
- Support through a serious illness
- Social skills
- Friendship issues
- Anger management
- Relaxation techniques
- Separation (including divorce)
- Supporting children struggling with the understanding of the pandemic
Please click here for further details of the role of the ELSA.