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Emotional Literacy Support Assistants

The ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) project was originally developed within Southampton then Hampshire by Sheila Burton, Educational Psychologist. It was designed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists who apply psychological knowledge of children’s social and emotional development to particular areas of need and to specific casework.

Little Military Troopers at Pitton Primary School

In November, 12 pupils from Pitton Primary School spent time talking about Remembrance Day with Mrs Hitchen. The pupils, from all year groups, have at least one parent in the military and are part of the Little Military Troopers group at the school. The group meets weekly to provide help and support to each other and allows them to discuss how they feel about their parents being in the military in a positive environment.

In the first week back this term, they focused on activities about Remembrance Day and each pupil made their own poppy which they then showed the rest of the school during the Act of Remembrance held on Friday.

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