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Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA)


Hello and welcome to our ELSA page.


Our names are Mrs Hamnett, Mrs Parker and Miss Sutton, we are the Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) at St. Bede's. On this page we will share information about Emotional Literacy Support. We aim to post ideas and useful advice on how you can help support your child in areas such as empathy, self esteem, recognising & managing emotions, friendship, loss & bereavement. You could even pick up some really helpful tips about calming techniques for anxiety or anger management.

There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning. Some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. 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 are addressed. 

Support will be designed to target specific aspects of the childs needs, however, change can not necessarily be achieved rapidly, it is dependent on the content and complexities of these needs.


Parents Self-help resources



Losing someone important to us, be that family member, friend or pet, can stir up a range of emotions as we gradually adjust to the loss. There are a wide range of resources and charities that can support you and your child during this difficult time. We can recommend the following books to share with your child, all are available to read on Youtube or we have a copy that you can borrow from school. Please let your class teacher know if you need additional support and we will do our best to help you and your child.

The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came BackThe Heavy Bag: Amazon.co.uk: Surgey, Sarah, Ivankovic, Larisa:  9781838263010: BooksThe Heart and the Bottle

We can also recommend the following charities where you can find further resources and support. Please click on the image to be directed to the relevant website.

Winston's Wish - giving hope to grieving children


Blog Standard – Elsie Ever After

Child Bereavement UK

Resources for Emotional Literacy Support Assistants - ELSA Support





Click on the following picture to access the 5 day 'Kindness to yourself' challenge.

Complete the following wellbeing diary to show how amazing you are.




Calming Stategies

Children have worries and of course they should always talk to you if they are feeling a bit worried about something.  It is also good to encourage children to try and cope with their worries too. Sometimes distraction can be amazingly powerful.

These are little tear off/cut off strips with suggestions on what to do. If they are finding their minds are worrying a lot then encourage them to try one of the activities. In time they may just do that themselves and start feeling a whole lot better.



Click on the picture links below for some more useful guidance on helping your child overcome anxieties.


How to make you Sleep better












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St Bede's Catholic Primary School

Keepers Lane, Weaverham,
Northwich, Cheshire

Main Contacts: Mrs J Hart/ Mrs K Ashall

01606 852149


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