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An ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy.

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What is emotional literacy?

- Understanding and coping with feelings about ourselves and others.

- Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others.

- Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning.


Some of the areas the ELSA may work on:

- Recognising emotions

- Self-esteem

- Social skills

- Friendship skills

- Anger management

- Loss and bereavement


How does the ELSA work?

- A regular slot during the school week

- Sessions can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child’s individual needs.

- Sessions are fun and might include role-play, puppets, board games, art and craft and stories.

- They include time to talk.

- A child’s progress will be reviewed on a half-termly basis.

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As a parent/carer how can you help?

- By informing the class teacher if there are any issues that may be affecting your child.

- Please feel welcome to contact your child’s teacher or the ELSA if you have any questions.


Our ELSA is Mrs Layla Birch


St Nicholas C of E Primary School
Sarajac Avenue
East Challow
OX12 9RY


01235 763858