An Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children.
ELSA’s are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in your Local Educational Authority.
An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally.
Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home. An ELSA can offer help with:
- Loss and bereavement
- Social skills
- Friendship issues
- Anger Management
At Ganton School this support is currently offered by Julie Venus who accepts referrals from class teachers, with parental consent, to work with individuals undergoing different challenges.
Her case load is huge and varied but the impact of her work is so great that we are working with the local Educational Psychology team to train a further worker to focus on our younger pupils.