What is ELSA?

An ELSA in a school is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. There is a recognised ELSA training course aimed specifically at Teaching Assistants in schools. Examples of things covered on the course are social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focus and friendship.

In Gorsewood we have two fully trained ELSAs:

Mrs Marsh and Mrs Smith


Our ELSAs work with small groups of children to provide additional support in a range of areas including: friendships, anxiety, social skills, self regulation and bereavement.


Click on the links below for some parent information leaflets on anxiety and self esteem.


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Gorsewood Primary School

Gorsewood Road, Murdishaw, Runcorn, WA7 6ES