An ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) 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 the 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 are: 
- Recognising emotions 

- Self-esteem

- Social skills

- Friendship skills

- Emotional regulation


How does the ELSA work?

  • A regular slot during the school week for 30-45 minutes.
  • Sessions can be one on one 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 pupil's progress will be reviewed on a half-termly basis.

As a parent/carer, how can I 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.
Miss K Norris

Teaching Assistant


The ELSA in your school is: Miss K Norris

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Registered office: Lent Rise School, Coulson Way, Burnham, Bucks, SL1 7NP • Tel: 01628 662913