What is ELSA
Loss and bereavement
How does ELSA work?
Children are usually referred for ELSA support by their class teacher, Senior Leaders or on occasion the SENCo. Every half term we meet to discuss and to identify
and prioritise which children require a weekly programme for the next 6-8 weeks. With the programme aims in mind we then plan support sessions
to facilitate the pupil in developing new skills and coping strategies that allow them to manage social and emotional demands more effectively.
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
a pupil and to provide a reflective space where they are able to share honestly their thoughts and feelings.
It needs to be appreciated that change cannot necessarily be achieved rapidly and is dependent upon the context and complexity of the presenting issues.
For children with complex or long-term needs it is unrealistic to expect ELSA intervention to resolve all their difficulties, however support will be designed to
target specific aspects of a child's need. Training and development of ELSAs is an ongoing process and wisdom is required to recognise when issues are
beyond the level of expertise that could reasonably be expected of an ELSA.
The Educational Psychologist that works with our school would be able to offer advice on suitability or nature of ELSA involvement in complex cases.