Emotional Well-being and Mental Health
We are really lucky at Thorpe Lea Primary School to have a variety of agencies and trained adults in place to support children's emotional well-being and mental health.
All of our staff are trained in Keeping Children Safe and all of our teachers and Senior Leaders have received training in Targeted Mental Health (TaHMS) and also in supporting children with anxiety.
If you are concerned about your child's well-being or mental health, please initially speak to your child's class teacher who will then pass on the information to the relevant people.
We are really proud to have our wonderful Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA), Mrs Hall who works wonders with a variety of children each day.
What is ELSA?
An ELSA is a member of staff trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. Mrs Hall regularly attends supervisory sessions with the EP and other local ELSA's in order to keep up to date with current needs and requirements. The majority of Mrs Hall's work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes Sessions are fun and we use a range of activities such as: games, role-play with puppets or arts and craft. ELSA sessions usually take place is Mrs Hall's office but can also happen outside on a nice day which provides calm, safe spaces for the child to feel supported and nurtured. In class support is also given if this is required in order to support the child. Children are usually referred to Mrs Hall for support by Senior Leaders.
How does ELSA work at Thorpe Lea Primary School?
Mrs Hall and Senior Leaders will review referral forms and discuss half termly, any children that they feel are in need of additional emotional support. With the programme aims in mind Mrs Hall will then plan support sessions to facilitate the pupil in developing new skills and coping strategies that allow them to manage social and emotional demands more effectively. Length of sessions and time frame for the intervention as a whole are dependent on individual needs as is whether a 'drop in' or structured timetable session.
CAHMS - Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Each term, we are lucky to have Emma Lambdin from CAHMS to come in and discuss with staff any children they have concerns about. Emma has also run a variety of training with our staff team and has presented this training to parents at coffee mornings.
Please find below some websites that may be useful:
Below is the presentation Emma delivered to parents on Anxiety which has a great deal of tips and strategies which can be embedded at home.