Health and Wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of the children, staff and families of Exton & Greetham CE Primary School is of great importance to us. We endeavour to work with families to ensure that all of the children are happy and healthy when they attend our school.
Our open door policy at the beginning of the day allows parents and carers to approach the school with any query or concern, or to celebrate things that have happened at home. It also allows parents to tell us if things are happening at home that may unsettle a child. Similarly, at the end of the school day, staff come out to meet parents with the children so that messages can be passed on to parents about worries or things that have gone particularly well.
Children are encouraged to talk to an adult if they have any concerns at school. Teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, the headteacher, and all other staff at the school are freely available for the children to talk to and share worries. The children can chose to talk to the member of staff they feel most comfortable talking to. The children all know the story 'A Huge Bag of Worries' and that sharing worries is a good thing to do. Children know that it is always good to talk.
ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
In recent years there has been an increased recognition of the impact of social and emotional aspects of learning on academic attainment in school. The ELSA project was designed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their children from within their own resources. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.
We are very lucky to have Mrs Wingrove trained as an ELSA. An ELSA is a Teaching Assistant who has been trained by an Educational Psychologist to support children with their emotional and social difficulties. Generally this means helping them to increase their vocabulary of 'feelings' words, supporting them to recognise and label their feelings, gathering a set of strategies that they can use to manage these feelings, and providing them with a comfortable and safe environment to explore these feelings.
Children who struggle emotional and socially can often vent their feelings and frustrations inappropriately. Working with the ELSA is not a 'fix' or a 'cure', but is to help a child with their understanding and strategies. It may not resolve all of the child's difficulties, but will hopefully make them more manageable.
Working with the class teacher, the ELSA undertakes a planned intervention to help a child. ELSA sessions might be used for:
- self esteem
- anger management
- social skills
- friendship skills
- building resilience
- loss and bereavement
- coping strategies
- bullying issues
Children are referred to the ELSA by class teachers following discussions with the child and parents. Time is then allocated where it seems most appropriate. Mrs Wingrove works with individuals and small groups in our library in a dedicated space for ELSA support.