At Flash ley we have two full time staff members, Mrs S linton and
Mrs V Locke trained to deliver emotional support to our children. Currently, we have only 28 registered ELSAs in the Staffordshire area showing our school is forward thinking in the emotional well being and mental health of our children.
What are ELSA's?
Elsa's are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants who support the social and emotional needs of children and young people. ELSA is a preventive, whole school approach which embeds the programme at a systemic level so that schools can better meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people from within their own resources.
Furthermore, ELSAs can support the school’s preparations for the implementation of the DfE statutory Relationships Education and RSE in September 2020. The draft guidance (February 2019) specifically alludes to the promotion of psychological well-being, self-regulation and building self-efficacy.
ELSAs are trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support for pupils in their school or setting. ELSAs are trained in the following areas:
Attachment and Trauma
Managing strong emotions eg anger management
Understanding Feelings, Social, and Friendship Skills
Story Work, Loss, and Bereavement
Puppet Work, Active Listening and Reflective Conversations
Carry out regular (weekly) half-hour sessions with individual pupils or small groups if this is appropriate.
Develop programmes of support that are matched specifically to individual pupil needs.
Monitor interventions using appropriate tools for evaluating the impact of interventions for children with SEMH needs.
Share ideas with other staff about how best to support pupils in school.
Elsa is in the paper! - Read our story here.
At Flash Ley we want all our children to grow and flourish regardless of any set backs they may face. Our designated area is called, 'The Beach Shed' and is a calm and welcoming space where children can take time out if they're struggling to cope with a problem. Our trained ELSAs can listen and help children to make sense of their feelings along with providing tools to help them cope with difficulties.
Structured sessions take place in The Beach Shed, in addition to this there is now a 'drop in 'session provided on a Friday afternoon.
MENTAL HEALTH GUIDANCE DURING COVID-19
The Corona pandemic has Changed everyone’s lives, not least for our children.
They may be struggling to make sense of what is going on around them and feel anxious or overwhelmed. Younger children’s anxiety may display through behaviour issues.
Flash Ley school wants to help you support your child during this time, we have therefore included some useful links below to help you to do this.
Further support is also available if you think your child needs this, please contact the school.
Stay well and safe, take care of each other.