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Emotional Literacy Support


Hello and welcome to Haig School ELSA page.

Here we are able to share information with parents about Emotional Literacy Support. We aim to post ideas and helpful advice on how to help your child in the following areas; self-esteem, empathy, social skills and you will be able to pick up some calming techniques. We will also be recommending books which may be useful and links to other websites for some self-help at home.

What is ELSA?

ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by Educational Psychologists. It is recognised that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are addressed. We have a small team of qualified ELSA’s within our school who have been trained to plan and deliver programmes of support pupils who experiencing temporary or long term additional emotional needs.  The ELSA interventions run throughout a six to eight week period, one thirty minute session a week depending on the emotional need. Most sessions are on a one to one basis but for social skills and friendships small group work may be required. The sessions are held in a calm and safe environment in our school. The sessions include activities such as role play, games, puppet play and arts and crafts.

 ELSA’s do not fix children’s problems but do offer support, suggest strategies that allow them to manage social and emotional demands more effectively and developed new skills.

How to get in touch!

You can talk to your child’s class teacher, SENCO or Deputy Head make an appointment via telephone or drop into our school office to request an informal chat with one of our team.

We aim to offer support for a wide range of interventions:

Recognising emotions


Social skills

Friendship skills

Loss and bereavement

Anger management