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What is an ELSA?


An ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. A specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children.  ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in the local Education Authority.  An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally.  Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.


Supporting – not fixing


Remember, ELSAs are not there to fix children’s problems. What we can do is provide emotional support.


We aim to establish a warm, respectful relationship with your child, providing a reflective, therapeutic and safe space where they are able to share their thoughts and feelings.

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Mrs Ward has worked as a Teaching Assistant for over 11 years.  Mrs Ward qualified as an ELSA in December 2015 and values the opportunity to connect and nurture the children she supports when they are faced with overwhelming emotions.


Mrs Andrews has been a SEN Teaching Assistant for over 7 years, working across all key stages in primary school settings.  After completing the training and qualifying as an ELSA, Mrs Andrews enjoys supporting children to understand and manage their emotions.



Mini Quiz:  Who likes long walks and                       



                   Who loves Gardening?


                   Who supports Leicester City FC?



Enquiries can be made to Mrs Walker our school Senco by emailing

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