Upton Noble

C of E VC Primary School

Part of the East Somerset Federation which includes Bruton Primary School

ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

Emotional Well-being During the Covid-19 Pandemic


During challenging times, it’s more important than ever to look after your child’s well-being. To help parents to help their children, Outside the Box has produced a FREE activity journal (At Home with Weaving Well-Being) to help children to enhance their mental well-being through a range of activities. It’s probably most suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years old but can certainly be adapted for younger or older children. It was released as a response to the current crisis. You can download it and print it out for your child/children or, if you don’t have access to a printer, your child can get the activity idea from the screen and do it on a blank sheet of paper:

  What is ELSA in School? 


An Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) is a specialist Teaching Assistant with a wealth of experience working with children.


The ELSA for Upton Noble Primary School is Mrs Dunk.   


ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by Educational Psychologists in the Local Education Authority. The Emotional Literacy Support Assistants' Programme is an initiative that was designed by Educational Psychologists to build the capacity of schools to support the social emotional and mental health needs of their pupils, from within their own resources. ELSA’s are trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs.  


Examples of topics covered include Social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories,

anger management, self-esteem, counselling, skills such as

solution-focused, and friendship


Emotional Literacy is the term used to describe the ability to understand and express feelings. Emotional Literacy involves having self-awareness and recognition of one's own feelings and knowing how to manage them, such as the ability to stay calm when angered or to reassure oneself when in doubt.



Here are some calming techniques recommended by Mrs Dunk:







Here, an ELSA student has started creating a poster using figure skaters skating around a calm eight, pausing in the middle then continuing. 

This breathing exercise is useful to help calm someone who is feeling a bit anxious...




If you think ELSA would be beneficial to your child please talk to the school who can refer your child to Mrs Dunk.  Often demand is high but we take all children’s emotional welfare needs seriously and want them to know there is always someone to help and listen.  


During lunchtimes, between 12:45 – 13.00, Mrs Dunk offers 

Open ELSA sessions where students from the whole school

can drop in for a chat.