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Flash Ley Community Primary School

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ELSA

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  The draft guidance (February 2019) specifically alludes to the promotion of psychological well-being, self-regulation and building self-efficacy.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

  • Building Resilience

  • Self esteem

  • Understanding Feelings, Social, and Friendship Skills

  • Story Work, Loss, and Bereavement

  • Puppet Work, Active Listening and Reflective Conversations

  • Emotion Coaching  

​ ELSAs will:

  • 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.

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/local-news/we-support-most-vulnerable-children-3440696

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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.

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