Welcome to the New Siblands Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Page.

ELSA at New Siblands

This is Mary Rose.

Mary Rose is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA). She runs ELSA sessions every Friday afternoon for pupils that staff and parents feel will benefit from ELSA interventions.

As an ELSA, she will work with students who may need additional support with their mental health and well-being.

Some areas I can help with are the following:

  • Loss and bereavement
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills
  • Emotions
  • Friendship skills
  • Anger management
  • Behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Conflict
  • Relaxation techniques

To support this need, Mary Rose will plan activities alongside a learning objective. The learning objective will be something the student will be able to do at the end of the sessions that they couldn’t necessarily do before the sessions began. For example, Mary Rose may work with a student that will be asked to identify six of their strengths, which is a self – esteem objective. By the end of the session, we would aim for the student to be able to recognise various positive qualities about themselves. The benefit of this is that the student will then recognise the skills that they have and therefore their sense of self-worth and overall emotional wellbeing will increase.

Students are then able to make progress in a variety of curriculum areas and are much happier in school if their emotional needs are supported.

The sessions range from 20 to 45 minutes long and run for 6-8 weeks.

The session consists of the following:

  • Emotional Check in
  • Main activity
  • Relaxation

Please see attached leaflet about ELSA

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