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Elsa area

Our Elsa Space is always welcoming, relaxing and calm

At Guilden Sutton we have our own school ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

What is an ELSA?

There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning. Some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by Educational Psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

In school, we have a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (Mrs Lorna Rahmani-Torkaman). She has been trained and is regularly supervised by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. Sessions are fun, they use a range of activities such as: games, role-play, ELSA support resources, and arts and crafts.  ELSA sessions take place in our very own 'ELSA space' in the library which provides a calm, safe and private space for children to feel supported and nurtured. Sometimes just having a little special time with an ELSA can make children feel valued and listened to and that in itself may be instrumental in turning a small problem around.

ELSAs help children to learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. They provide the time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they manage them. They cover the areas of:

  • Self-esteem
  • Emotions
  • Attachment issues
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Social skills
  • Friendship issues
  • Social skills
  • Bullying
  • Conflict
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Behaviour
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Lego therapy

If you have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to phone or email the class teacher, the ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) Mrs Lorna Rahmani-Torkaman (lrahmani-torkaman@guildensutton.cheshire.sch.uk) or Miss Crowe (head@guildensutton.cheshire.sch.uk).


Information, guidance support

Wellbeing and mental health during Covid-19.

A guide to looking after yourself and others Click Here


New Child and Adolescent Mental Health website for young people, parents/carers and teachers across Cheshire and Wirral click here

The National Autistic Society click here

Young Minds click here parents guide to support

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