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Nurture and Emotional Literacy Support


Emotional Literacy is an initiative developed and supported by Educational Psychologists. The initiative identifies that students’ make better progress, are happier and achieve their potential if their emotional needs are understood and explored.

An ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. ELSAs are specially trained practitioners who have been trained by local Educational Psychologists. ELSAs provide emotional help and support to students who struggle with their emotional development. Sessions are held in a calm, safe designated space.

At the Meadows we aim to enhance and support the emotional health and wellbeing of our students. We continue to aim to sustain a supportive and caring ethos whilst establishing a warm, respectful relationship with students giving them a safe place to explore their emotions and time to think about how they are feeling. The aim of an ELSA is to help students develop an understanding around their emotions and develop an understanding of the emotions of others and learn to respect these.

ELSA Policy


Nurture interventions are for students who struggle to access learning successfully. Nurture focuses on wellbeing, social emotional skills, behaviour and relationships. This is an opportunity for students to begin to engage with missed early nurturing experiences and develop their resilience and their ability to better manage adverse experiences day to day.

Our graduated approach to nurture ensures that every child in the school has the opportunity to flourish in their education. It ensures that every child has access to the support they need, when they need it. Whether they enter the education system with early childhood trauma, or experience it during their time in education, we work to measure and support the social, emotional and mental health of all children.

Everything we do has been based on and guided by the six principles of nurture:

Nurture Policy

Our Nurture Room