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Reception Prospective Parent School Tours will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday 11th January at 9:30am

Please contact the school office to book on a tour. As the tours are during our school day we ask that only one parent/carer and no children come. Thank you for your understanding.

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Cirrus Primary Academy Trust are following the latest information and guidance for educational establishments from Public Health England. Information relating to the virus has been and will continue to be shared on a regular basis. For the latest information specifically relating to Barrow Hedges please click here.

Barrow Hedges Primary School

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs)

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What is an ELSA?

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An Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in the Local education authority. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally.  Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.

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

Who are the ELSAs at Barrow Hedges?

We have an ELSA, Mrs Cloves, along with our lead TA (Inclusion and Family Support), Ms L Gardiner, who is a qualified ELSA.  Both work closely together to support children throughout the school who may have difficulties in the following areas:

  • Loss and bereavement
  • Support through a serious illness
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills
  • Emotions
  • Friendship issues
  • Relationships
  • Anger management
  • Behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Conflict
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Separation (including divorce)
  • Supporting children struggling with the understanding of the pandemic 

Please visit the Inclusion tab to find out more information...