Woodgate Primary Academy

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ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

The ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) programme is an evidence-based nationally recognised approach to support children with a range of emotional needs. Mrs Quy is our accredited ELSA who has attended training with West Sussex Educational Psychology team.



ELSA can help in the following areas:


  • Loss and bereavement 
  • Emotional literacy
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills
  • Friendship issues
  • Relationships
  • Managing strong feelings
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Bullying
  • Conflict
  • Growth Mindset
  • Social Stories


Children can be referred to ELSA by the following:


  • Class teacher referral
  • SENDco referral
  • Parent referral
  • Child referral
  • Outside agency referral


ELSA interventions should be a short term focus intervention with clear aims. Usually a half term to a full term in length.