We, Miss Cate and Mrs Nash, are happy to be able to use this page to share information with you about Emotional Literacy Support within St Mary's.

What is ELSA?

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 to increase their emotional literacy than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists which recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

We have been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing additional emotional needs. We deliver the majority of ELSA work on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate.

In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:

Recognising emotions


Social skills

Friendship skills

Anger management

Loss and bereavement

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