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Welcome To

Wainscott Primary School and Nursery


We are lucky enough to have a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant here at Wainscott Primary School, Mrs Worsfold.



An ELSA is a specialist with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. 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 have happy children in school and at home.


The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is appropriate, especially in areas such as social skills. Sessions are fun, we use a range of activities such as: colouring, games, role-play and lots of arts and crafts, a chance for children to be creative. ELSA sessions take place in a “Quiet” room which will provide a calm, safe place for children to feel supported and nurtured. The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills.  Sessions are fun, we use a range of activities such as: games, role-play with puppets or arts and craft.  ELSA sessions take place in our 'ELSA room' or in our 'Quiet room' which both provide a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.


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

  • Recognising emotions
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills
  • Friendship skills
  • Anger management
  • Loss and bereavement


How does ELSA work?


Staff will raise a cause for concern form that is shared with parents and triaged by the Inclusion Team. All wellbeing interventions are discussed with parents and consent is agreed before beginning to deliver these to pupils.

Teachers/ Support Staff will complete a cause for concern form to identify the child’s primary need and areas of support that are needed. This form identifies the strategies of support the child has received to date through quality first teaching.  Parents are informed to make them aware of the need. A discussion is then carried out with the Inclusion team and the next steps of a child’s support programme are planned and then shared with parents.

The ELSAs will then plan support sessions to facilitate the pupil in developing new skills and coping strategies to allow them to manage their social and emotional needs more effectively.


Support- not fixing

Remember, ELSAs are not there to fix the children’s problems. What they can do is provide emotional support. ELSAs aim to establish a warm, respectful and professional relationship with the child and provide a reflective place where they are able to share their thoughts and feelings.


It needs to be appreciated that change cannot necessarily be achieved rapidly and is dependent upon the context of the presenting difficulties. For children with complex or long-term needs it is unrealistic to expect ELSA intervention to resolve all the children’s difficulties. Training and development of ELSA is on-going however, we can sign post you to outside support that maybe more suitable in complex cases.


If Parents, carers and young people want to access information regarding health and wellbeing then please contact our Wellbeing Lead – Rebecca Worsfold or Inclusion Lead.





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