Here at Swallowdale we recognise that our children learn better and are happier at school if their emotional needs are addressed.
Swallowdale has one ELSA in post, Mrs Hague, who works closely with the SENDCo, Mrs Marriott.
The term ELSA is used to describe a teaching assistant in our school who has completed a year long training programme with educational psychologists. This has enabled them to deliver bespoke interventions to support the emotional and mental health needs of the children in our school.
Mrs Hague works in a special room called ‘The Hug’, decorated with murals painted by Mr Giampalma and based on the well known story by Eoin McLaughlin. This provides a cosy and safe environment.