We are lucky to have two fully trained ELSAs at Marnel Junior School. An ELSA is a teaching assistant who has had special training from Educational Psychologists to support the emotional development of children in school. They receive regular supervision from the Educational Psychologists. The ELSAs role is to help children to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. They help children think about their personal circumstances and how they can manage them. An ELSA programme will usually last between 6-12 weeks and helps the child learn new skills or coping strategies, for example managing their anger appropriately. However, ELSA support cannot help a child resolve all their difficulties.