Emotional Literacy Support Assistants – Meeting Children’s Wellbeing Needs
Many schools employ ELSAs and we have a number of them working in our Portsmouth schools. ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.
ELSAs have to complete a recognised training course designed specifically for assistants working in schools that covers a wide range of areas including: social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focus and friendship.
You can speak with your child’s education setting or read their school SEND offer, to find out if they have a trained ELSA that can support your child.
If you are looking to become an ELSA then you will need to speak with the school that employs you or visit the Portsmouth Education Partnership Website.
TeachNow have recently written a blog which discusses the role of the ELSA and ELSA’s share their stories and views. You can read the blog piece by clicking here.