Your child's class teacher is the primary source of pastoral support for your child. They can be contacted at the end of the school day at the gate or through email to the school office. Parents can also message teachers directly through Class Dojo.
On occasion, matters can become too complex for Class teachers to manage in the limited time that they have available, we are fortunate therefore to have the support of an ELSA in school.
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
Mrs Foxen is our ELSA, she works within the pastoral care team and support the emotional wellbeing of the children in our care. She is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. She has been trained and is regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in Sutton Local Authority.
Her aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home. She delivers bespoke programmes to support individual programmes and small groups. These are some of the areas that she can support children with:
- Loss and bereavement (Rainbows and Sunbeams programme)
- Self-esteem (Wonderful Me)
- Social skills
- Friendship issues (Circle of Friends programme)
- Anger management (Zones of Regulation programme)
- Relaxation techniques
There are different ways for children to access ELSA support:
- Mrs Foxen can respond at times to immediate issues during the school day. For more complex issues during the day, she will always contact the child's parent to keep them informed.
- Parents seeking ELSA support for their child need to contact their child's class teacher, in the first instance, to discuss an ELSA referral.
- Mrs Foxen or a member of the Senior Leadership Team may contact parents directly to recommend a period of ELSA support in response to needs identified by members of staff.
- ELSA support may be recommended by an educational professional or agency including CAMHS, educational psychology or children's services at the local authority.
Mrs Foxen's time is quite limited, it is possible that some issues will need to be managed by other health professionals in the community. There can be a waiting list for many of the groups. Some groups require a minimum number of participants, other groups have limited spaces.
The ELSA Process
Most programmes are for six to eight weeks. To help maximise the success of each programme, parents are contacted at the start and the end of each programme, parents can also keep in touch with her via email in case circumstances change. We also have an evaluation form which can be completed.
On completion of each programme, every child will have additional coping strategies that they can use going forwards.
Information shared in ELSA sessions is regarded as being highly confidential, information may be shared only to support children's wellbeing.
Zones of regulation
'Zones of Regulation' supports pupils to manage and regulate their feelings and emotions. It aims to support pupils to identify different feelings and emotions and further develop mutual feelings and self-regulation strategies to support them when they are in different zones. The zones are described below:
- Green zone- feeling calm and ready
- Blue zone- energy running low
- Yellow zone- quite strong but can manage
- Red zone- very strong feelings- out of control
Here are some ways that you can carry on supporting your child at home using the 'Zones of Regulation'
- Use the 'zones' visual when talking about feelings and emotions
- Ask your child throughout the day, "What zone are you in?", "How do you feel?", "Why are you in the ______ zone?"
- Model how you are feeling to them, for example, "I am feeling (yellow zone) because you're not helping me to tidy up."