Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
What is ELSA?
ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and Mrs Day is the ELSA at Reigate Parish.
By working with children 1:1 or in small groups, ELSAs aim to help children recognise, understand and manage their emotions.
The initial target could be any of the following:
- Recognising and managing feelings
- Understanding and managing anger
- Friendship skills
- Social skills
- Supporting children through loss and bereavement
Sessions are usually 20 minutes and, depending on need (and timetabling pressures) take place once or twice a week. They are child-led in terms of focus and there is an understanding that the work discussed between the ELSA and the child is only shared with others if the child wishes (or if there are any safeguarding issues that need to be addressed).
Benefits to pupils
- Pupils feel supported by having “special time” and being listened to
- Pupils develop greater self-awareness
- Pupils learn to talk about difficulties
- Pupils develop coping strategies
- Pupils interact more successfully with others
- Pupils feel better about themselves
- Pupils manage better in school
The access point to this service is through the SENDCO, Mrs Eldred.