Burpham Foundation Primary School

Burpham Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7LZ


01483 572510

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

   Our ELSA is Hannah Brinklow.

Hannah's aim is to support and develop children's emotional wellbeing through targeted sessions and to provide a safe and nurturing space for children to share their feelings. 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.

Hannah can help children who may need support in the following areas that may be impacting their school experience:

  • Recognising and Managing Emotions
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Low Self-Esteem/ Confidence
  • Family Separation 




What happens in an ELSA session?

Each session is planned in advance and may include a range of activities such as therapeutic games, crafts, talking and listening, role-play and reading stories.


Typically, ELSA work takes place weekly for a duration of 6 to 8 sessions. They are designed to be fun and usually include an emotional check in, a targeted fun activity and some relaxation before returning to class.


Parents and carers are kept informed of progress and are encouraged to be involved.


Useful links for ELSA activities for you & your child:


Useful Links & Resources

First Aid for Feelings - an interactive workbook to help children cope 

The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegl and Tina Bryson 

Everybody Worries - A story and draw-along with Jon Burgerman (particular reference to COVID 19)


Please click on the pdf below for help when your child is returning to school:

 A Story about returning to School


Please click on the link below for help talking to your child about the vaccine:

A story about the vaccine


Please click on the link below for information regarding your children using the internet safely including a "pledge" for the whole family to agree on: 

Keeping Safe Online


 Please click on the link below for information and help on supporting your child's mental health and wellbeing:

A Parent's Toolkit for Wellbeing