How Emotional Literacy Support Assistants can support children at school and which schools have them.

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) 

An ELSA is a school based learning support assistant. They are trained to support the emotional wellbeing of children and young people at school.  

ELSAs have training and supervision from Educational Psychologists. They are employed by the school and can offer in house support without needing to involve outside agencies or professionals.

Who ELSAs work with

ELSAs work with children and young people who have social or emotional difficulties.  This can be through 1 to 1 sessions or small groups covering: 

  • mental health
  • wellbeing 
  • social skills

Schools with an ELSA

These schools have an ELSA:

  • Ashley Down Primary
  • Ashton Vale Primary
  • Badminton School
  • Bannerman Road Community School
  • Bishop Road Primary
  • Blaise High School
  • Blaise Primary
  • Brentry
  • Bridge Farm
  • Bristol Brunel Academy
  • Bristol Cathedral School
  • Bristol Free School
  • Bristol Metropolitan Academy
  • Broomhill Infant
  • Brunel Field Primary
  • Cathedral Primary School
  • Chester Park Infant School
  • Chester Park Junior
  • Christ Church CEVC
  • Compass Point
  • Cotham
  • Fair Furlong
  • Fairfield High School
  • Filton Avenue Primary
  • Fonthill Primary Academy
  • Glenfrome Primary
  • Hannah Moore Primary
  • Henleaze Infant
  • Henleaze Junior
  • Holy Cross
  • Horfield Primary
  • Hotwells Primary
  • Little Mead
  • LPW
  • Luckwell Primary
  • May Park
  • New Fosseway
  • Notton House
  • Oasis Academy Brightstowe
  • Oasis Academy Brislington
  • Oasis Academy Connaught
  • Oasis Academy Marksbury Road
  • Oasis Academy New Oak
  • Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Parson Street Primary
  • Snowdon Village
  • Southville
  • St Bedes
  • St Johns
  • St Matthias Park
  • St Teresas
  • St Werburghs
  • Stoke Park Primary
  • Two Mile Hill Primary School
  • Upper Horfield Community
  • Victoria Park Primary
  • West Town Lane
  • Westbury Park
  • Willow Park

All schools have a responsibility to support the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils. Not all schools have an ELSA and they may have different supports in place. If you're concerned about your child speak to your child's teacher or the school's SENDCO.