St Lawrence


'Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.' (Proverbs 22:6)


An ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy.  The ELSA at St Lawrence Primary School is Mrs Emma Ferris.

Children who have been identified as needing additional social and emotional support from the ELSA will be invited to participate in a 6 week programme.  

What Is Emotional Literacy?

Understanding and coping with the feelings about ourselves and others.

Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others.

Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning.

Some of the areas the ELSA may work on:

Recognising emotions


Social skills

Friendship skills

Anger management

Loss and bereavement

How does ELSA work?

A regular slot during the school week for 20-30 minutes.

Sessions can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child’s individual needs.

Sessions are fun and might include role-play, puppets, board games, art and craft and stories.

They include time to talk.

A pupil’s progress will be reviewed on a half termly basis.

As a parent/carer, how can you help?

By informing the class teacher if there are any issues that may be affecting your child.

Please feel welcome to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.