ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistants
Welcome to St Nicolas Junior school ELSA page- whether you’re thinking about requesting ELSA support for your child or you would just like some tips and activity ideas to further support your child’s emotional wellbeing; over the coming months we hope to create a page full of ideas and helpful advice on how you can help your child; for example in areas such as self-esteem, or perhaps to learn about calming techniques. We will also be recommending books that you may find useful and links to other websites for some self-help at home. Your school ELSA is Mrs Jeannie Tompsett who has been at St Nics since 2012 working with children in many different capacities- she is also trained in “drawing and talking” therapy and other relevant practises.
What is an ELSA and how do sessions run?
An 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 your 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.
ELSA sessions last from 30-45 minutes once a week for a period of 6-10 weeks (this time scale may be adjusted, depending on the situation) and are planned to meet the specific needs of the individual child.