We are striving to make nurture and well-being the bedrock of everything we do at Pattishall Primary School. We understand that children need to feel emotionally secure in order to learn effectively, and we work hard to equip all of our pupils with emotional literacy skills.
We are proud to have achieved a silver TAMHS award for promoting good mental health and have a host of interventions and support strategies avaliable for all learners.
We recognise that, at times, we all need a bit of emotional support and there will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning. Some will require greater support than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists to support emotionally vulnerable children.
We are lucky enough to have a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) at Pattishall Primary School. Mrs Berry has been been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. Sessions are fun, we use a range of activities such as: games, role-play or arts and craft. ELSA sessions take place in our very own 'ELSA room' which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.
In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:
Loss and bereavement
Inclusion Manager for SEND and more able pupils
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
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