Barnett Wood Infant School

Emotional Literacy Support

What is ELSA? 

 ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by

educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn

better and are happier in school if their emotional needs arealso addressed. 





 We are lucky enough to have a qualified Emotional Literacy Support 

Assistant at our school. Mrs Hill has been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. 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 dedicated area within the Beehive called 'Cosy Corner' which provides 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:  


Recognising emotion


Social skills

Friendship skills

Anger management

Loss and bereavement 

For more information, visit the ELSA website below:


 ELSA Support