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Emotional Learning Support (ELSA)

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

My name is Maureen Wells and I have been working at Holywell for almost 14 years. During this time, I have had different roles across the school, including supporting children with additional needs, general classroom support and working with the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator. I have trained as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA.)

An ELSA is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy.

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.
  • Friendship skills.
  • Anger management.
  • Loss and bereavement.


How does the ELSA work?

  • A regular slot during the school week for six weeks.
  • Sessions can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child’s individual needs.
  • Sessions are fun and might include role-playing, puppets, board games, art & craft & stories.
  • They include time to talk.
  • A pupil’s progress will be reviewed after six weeks.


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.