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Ysgol Gatholig Seintiau Gabriel a Raphael

SS Gabriel and Raphael

Learn to Love, Love to Learn


What is an ELSA?
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. Emotional literacy is about understanding and coping with the feelings of ourselves and others. It involves developing high self-esteem and creating positive interactions with other people. Being emotionally literate helps children to focus better on their learning and has a positive impact on their general happiness and well-being. 

​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 also addressed. ELSAs are specialist members of staff with a wealth of experience of working with children.
The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially when the focus is on social and friendship skills.
Sessions are fun and we use a range of activities including games, role-play with puppets, activity sheets or arts and craft. ELSA sessions will take place in our very own 'HIVE’ which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.


Supporting - Not Fixing 
Remember, ELSAs are not there to fix children's problems. What we can do is provide emotional support.
We aim to establish a warm, respectful relationship with a pupil and to provide a reflective space where they are able to share honestly their thoughts and feelings.                                                 

So what do the children think?
On completion of their ELSA programmes, we ask the children to reflect on their experiences and to kindly leave us some feedback. Nearly all children respond positively to their ELSA experiences and love going to the sessions.