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Whitewater CE Primary School

Whitewater CE Primary School


Emotional Literacy Support



An introduction…

Emotional Literacy Support is offered to children who are experiencing a form of emotional difficulty.  The Emotional Literacy Support programme helps children with their emotional literacy and can be used as one avenue of support for emotional development, improving relationships and understanding challenging situations.  At Whitewater C of E Primary School our Emotional Literacy Support program is run by Mrs Miles who is a fully trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA). 

Mrs Miles has been trained to help children with a range of emotional difficulties.  She receives regular supervision from The Hampshire Educational Psychology Service, who oversee the ELSA program.

Our ELSA Program

Typically, at Whitewater C of E Primary School, Mrs Miles sees children for a 1 to 1 session once a week to explore their emotional needs and develop strategies to support them.

The ELSA program runs for six weeks at a time, after which children are given a six week ‘embedding’ period where they do not receive 1 to 1 sessions but are supported in class by their class teacher to practise the skills they have be learning with Mrs Miles.  After this embedding time, their progress is reviewed and it is decided if children would benefit from another six week block of 1 to 1 sessions.

Parental Involvement

At the beginning of the ELSA program, parents are invited to share any relevant information with Mrs Miles that could support the understanding of their child’s situation.  Parents are also invited at the end of the six week block to explore the work their children have been doing with Mrs Miles.

What to do if I feel my child would benefit from ELSA support.

Any parent who feels their child would benefit from support should speak with the class teacher first.  The class teacher will then discuss a potential referral with Mrs Miles to make sure that ELSA is the best support mechanism for the child at that time.  If deemed appropriate, the class teacher will complete a referral form.   



At Home Resources

Below are a range of resources that parents can use to support their children at home.


Lockdown 2.0.... Spring 2021

Hello Everyone, 

Things have changed again! We now find ourselves in another new routine as we being this lockdown. You and your family might be feeling a bit unsettled or anxious, but that is normal, remember all feelings are ok. Make sure you talk to someone about it and encourage your children do to the same.  

We are missing all the children and know that they will be busy with getting to grips with their home learning.   Keep in regular contact with class teachers via the SeeSaw site and if you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school.  All your teachers are working and we are there to support you however we can. 

To kick off our ELSA focused support, I am excited to share a new 14 day challenge with you all.  This activity is here to support your child with their thoughts and feelings over the next two weeks. When you open the link, there is an activity for you to open and do on each day.  

We are all thinking about the children and are hoping we will be back at school together soon. 

Mrs Miles

This is a new 14 day challenge that has been launched today!! Click on the blue writing and it takes children to an activity

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Hello Everyone,

We hope you are enjoying your two weeks of activities posted above.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need any further support.

Below is a link to an ELSA story about the COVID Vaccine.  It is a topic seen all over the news at the moment and your child maybe asking questions.  This link will take you to the ELSA site where you can download a copy of the COVID Story to help discuss the vaccine with your child.

Wednesday 4th February 2021

Hello Everyone,

We hope you are all well and have enjoyed interacting with the Children's Mental Health Activities on the class SeeSaw this week.

This week we have some more activities that may be helpful in supporting your families at home.

Here is another calendar of activities.

A lovely game looking at expressing feelings.

A 5 day challenge to help you express feelings. 

Please remember that the school is open and here to support you. Please get in contact if you need us.

Monday 22nd February 2021

Hello Everyone,

We hope you have had a lovely half term and have had a good rest!

Here are this week's ELSA resources to support you at home.  Please remember we are always here and if you have any concerns, please contact the school.

This week's resources:

A lovely art focused activity.

An activity to help begin conversations at home with the family.

A lovely pack that looks at emotions.