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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

What is an ELSA‚Äč?

An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant who has experience and training in supporting children's emotional and social development. ELSAs work with teachers to identify pupils who could benefit from support and to set individual objectives for each child. ELSAs then work individually with a pupil or in a small group, using activities targeted to each pupils needs.

What happens in an ELSA session?

ELSA sessions are designed to address important issues a child may have, in a fun way. ELSA sessions include a range of activities such as games, stories, puppets, role play, arts and crafts, model making and talking and listening. Making these activities fun helps to engage and motivate pupils to develop their emotional and social skills.

When might ELSA sessions be used?
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger management
  • Social skills
  • Friendship skills
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Building resilience
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Coping strategies
  • Bullying issues