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ELSA update

On February 6th we held an anxiety workshop for parents & carers led by Serah Lees from the TETCT team.The workshop had some theory & research but was mainly practical problem solving, sharing idea's/stratergies & resources to help parents & carers feel more empowered in a relaxed & informal way.

 The following is some positive feedback from the workshop;

A lovely informal workshop with lots of information and was nice to hear others in the same situation.

Amazing workshop, really helpful, paper and pens are note taking would also be useful next time

Very good and informative

I found the workshop very informative and helpful. I am already putting in practice the techniques that I learned.

I found the workshop really useful and enjoyed being around people who understood what I was going through, would love to do another session

It was a good knowledge gathering session with practical solutions on handling anxiety. I enjoyed it.

 found this so helpful. Also listening to others feeling the same and going through similar situations was a weight lifted that I wasn't the only one feeling the way I was,

A really useful and insightful session. Some very useful information. I would love more.

Very useful and informative session, well led in a laid back environment. I think all parents could benefit from attending.

Please click here to view the Powerpoint from the workshop


At our school, support for mental health can also be accessed through our ELSA lead, Mrs Whitt. Mrs Whitt is a fully trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists, who apply their professional knowledge of children's social and emotional development to areas of need experienced by pupils. 

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.

There will always be children and young people in school facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning, and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. When our children find themselves struggling and encounter difficulties with their emotional health our ELSA Mrs Whitt will be there to listen, provide additional TLC and support. To do this she will plan and deliver programmes of support and these can be delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. ELSA sessions take place in our very own 'tranquility room' which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured. 

ELSAs can help with

Loss and bereavement


Social Skills


Friendship issues


Anger Management



Relaxation Techniques