Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)

At Lingfield, we have a discretely timetabled Emotional Literacy Support Assistant 

An Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) is a trained, school based learning support assistant. Their role is to support the emotional wellbeing of pupils.  They are trained by a team of educational psychologists and receive ongoing group supervision. 


The ELSA works with children and young people either individually or in small groups and deliver bespoke interventions tailored to the presenting situation or need. The role of the ELSA is to develop children and support their:

  • emotional literacy
  • positive mental health
  • social skills 
  • emotional wellbeing