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ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants)








Miss Rose and Mrs Bailey are here at school to help with emotional literacy, or in other words we're here to aid the children to understand their emotions and help to manage them in a healthy and well balanced way. 

Miss Rose works in Willows class and is the ELSA lead for reception key stage 1 (Willows and Beeches)

Mrs Bailey works in Firs class, the C&I centre and is ELSA lead for key stage 2 (Larches and Oaks)

At Ruardean Primary School we have invested in training two members of staff to be ELSAs as we know that children who are experiencing difficulties in expressing emotions or have needs linked to their feelings cannot achieve their potential or otherwise lead a happy and for-filled life in primary school. Providing this type of nurturing intervention in school will help those children who need it, to function more comfortably within the school community and know that they can ask for help, not only with their school work but in any area of school life including friendships, self esteem or emotional management.  


ELSA trained staff can also refer children or families to other agencies including Young Minds Matter, Teens in Crisis or Toucan (play therapy). 

E         Empathise

L         Listen

S         Support

A         Advise