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Meaningful May

This month let's find ways to be part of something bigger.

Meaningful May with Vanessa King

Head of Psychology for Action for Happiness, Vanessa King, shares her top tips for cultivating meaning in your life, in both good and bad times. www.actionfo...

ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant




As ELSA’s we have undergone specialist training with Child Educational Psychologists learning how to support our pupils’ emotional literacy.  This complements our existing role of Pastoral Support. We plan and deliver individual and group sessions to identified children who need additional support with their emotional needs. We help children to understand and regulate their own emotions and develop their personal resilience by developing new skills and coping strategies.  Our aim is to help remove the emotional barriers to learning, support children through difficult times and equip them with the tools to be happy at school and home and to reach their true potential socially and academically. We deliver our sessions in a fun, caring and supportive way, already numerous children have experienced time in The Snug giving us positive feedback about their new abilities to deal with their problems.


“Thank you for taking time to talk things through”

“Thank you for helping me to make the right decision”

“I am learning to express my feelings”

“I like it in The Snug – you can trust everybody”

“I like talking to Mrs Marlow”

“Thank you for helping me to build my confidence”

“Thank you for always being there to listen”

“The Support is simply amazing”

“I feel safe in The Snug”


Children do face challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning, some will need more support than others with their emotional wellbeing. We are here to help with a wide range of emotional needs, such as; Loss and bereavement;  Recognising emotions; Self-esteem; Anxiety; Social skills; Expressing feelings and emotional regulation; Friendship skills; Conflict; Anger management; Coping skills and strategies; Personal Resilience; Self-regulation.

We don’t have a magic wand so we can’t fix everything but we do have the time, experience and desire to provide emotional support to your children to help them cope. The Snug already provides a listening ear and safe place for many.

If you would like to speak with either of us please email to Mrs Marlow works Monday and Tuesday primarily with KS1 and Mrs Collins works Wednesday, Thursday and Friday primarily with KS2, but either of us will deal with daily issues as they arise.



Nature Journal for Mental Health Awareness Week