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ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

Welcome to St Finian's School ELSA page.

My name is Mrs Cripps and I am St Finian's School ELSA.

What is an ELSA?

An ELSA is trained and supported by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils in the development of their emotional literacy.

What is Emotional Literacy?

Understanding and coping with the feelings of ourselves and others.

Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others.

Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning.


Mrs Cripps - ELSA

How does an ELSA work?

Children are usually referred for ELSA support by their Class Teacher, Senior Leaders or SENCo.

The ELSA will work with children individually or in small groups to develop the skills of emotional literacy. Sessions are tailored to the child’s needs and held weekly.

Examples include recognising and managing different emotions and forming relationships. ELSA sessions also help children to develop social skills and build self-confidence. This helps them to manage social and emotional demands more effectively.

We aim to support a wide range of emotional needs:

Recognising emotions           Self-esteem

Anger Management               Social Skills

Loss and Bereavement          Friendship Skills

ELSA room(2)

ELSA sessions, take place in either of our special nurture spaces; 'The Bubble Room' or 'The Nest'.

Each room has been specifically designed and resourced to ensure that every child feels listened to, calm and supported.

Parent Self Help Section

Below you will find helpful advice and ideas on how parents and carers can support their child at home including:

  • Recommended books
  • Useful websites

Self Esteem

Is your child having problems with self-esteem? Follow this link for ideas and support.



Follow the link below for some useful guidance on helping your child overcome anxieties:


Recommended self-help anxiety book:


What to do When You Worry Too Much

An interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioural techniques most often used in the treatment of generalised anxiety. Engaging, encouraging and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates and empowers children to work towards change.

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