Hello, I’m Mrs Flude and I am the ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) at Martinshaw Primary School. As an ELSA, I work to support certain children at school whether in 1:1 or group sessions once a week, usually over a course of six weeks. These children are typically experiencing issues with their emotions, social skills, anxiety, self-esteem, anger management, bereavement etc. The sessions I run take various forms depending upon the issue but generally involve play, fun activities, discussion or simply giving the child(ren) a change of scene from the classroom. I work closely with Mrs Tipton (our SENDCo) to prioritise and decide which children I will be able to work with.
If you have any concerns about your child and you feel I might be able to help, please speak to your child’s class teacher initially. If you both agree that ELSA sessions would be of benefit to your child then please complete the ELSA referral form below and hand it in to your child’s class teacher.