At Alfred Salter we take children's well being very seriously. Successful learning and rapid, sustained progress can only happen securely when emotional and mental health is secure and stable. Our approach of personalising learning is a strength of our school academically as well as emotionally. We have a number of ways that we support children at school.
We have a Well Being Team which meets monthly to discuss what members of the team have been working on and talk about any themes that are coming out in our work with children.The team then considers any new provision we may need in addition to our existing provision. We also consider whether we need to include certain topics in assemblies or in our communications with parents and carers. The Well Being Team include:
|Adam Bridle||Assistant Head for Inclusion and SENDCo|
|Janine Stacy||Well Being Mentor|
|Sharon Evans||Family Support Worker|
|Jane Lewis||Play Therapist|
ELSA is a support program which we offer at Alfred Salter.
ELSA stands for: Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
Janine Stacy is our ELSA.
The ELSA sessions are either on a 1-1 basis or small group sessions which last up to 45 minutes per week. Children can be referred by class teachers or parents/carers.
The sessions last for 10 weeks. Within this time we work with the children, getting to know them and setting up strategies which will help them through out their school day.
The things we aim to help the children with through these sessions are, social skills, managing their emotions, bereavemen tand loss, and self-esteem. We use a range of strategies including: social stories and therapeutic stories, which are solution focused and aim to give children the skills to build and strengthen friendships.
We have been running the ELSA programme at Alfred Salter for the past two years and it is going from strength to strength.